Host, producer, news anchor; Voice of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me; Founder of Tallgrass Beef Company
Bill Kurtis is an acclaimed television documentary host and producer and news anchor. He runs his own multimedia production company, having traveled the world for the Peabody Award-winning PBS series The New Explorers. Kurtis Productions also created programs for the A&E Network, including the long-running, award-winning Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files, and American Greed seen on CNBC.
Bill is currently the host of THROUGH THE DECADES, on the DECADES Channel. And is Peter Sagal’s co-host on the weekly news quiz, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” on NPR radio.
Using his journalistic skills and his background as a law school graduate, Bill authored, The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice which explores issues surrounding capital punishment in America.
He also provided the satirical narration for the feature film comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
In 2005, Bill founded Tallgrass Beef Company to champion the environmental and health benefits of grass-fed cattle ranching. He has also worked to restore the land to its native state on his 65 acre home in Mettawa, Illinois, with bee hives as his latest addition to the property.
Bill is the recipient of numerous humanitarian, journalism and broadcasting awards.
He is a member of the board of directors of several distinguished organizations including The Nature Conservancy of Illinois, Chicago Green City Market, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Field Museum of Chicago.