Journalist Bill Geist

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 30, 2002

We enjoy the segments on CBS News Sunday Morning that Bill Geist provides. He has such a great sense of humor and people seem to enjoy being interviewed by him. Could you give us more information about him?
—Judy and Lehman B., Missouri

Correspondent Bill Geist's quirky segments have been a part of CBS News Sunday Morning since he joined the network in 1987. Five years later, he won an Emmy for his report on the 66th anniversary of the celebrated Route 66. He contributes to a number of other CBS News programs, including CBS Evening News and 48 Hours. He came to CBS from print journalism, where he was a columnist for The New York Times from 1980-87. From 1972-80, he was a columnist and reporter for the Chicago Tribune. In Vietnam, he served as a combat photographer with the 1st Infantry Division. In addition to his broadcast projects, Geist has written five books. A native of Champaign, Ill., the 57-year-old received his communications degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and his master's in communications from the University of Missouri. He lives in Ridgewood, N.J., with his wife, Jody, and their children, Will and Libby.