Bill Beutel

Television Reporter and Journalist
Born Dec 12, 1930

William Charles Beutel was an American television reporter, journalist and anchor. He was best known for working over four decades with the American Broadcasting Company, spending much of that time anchoring newscasts for WABC-TV in New York City.

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1930 Birth Born on December 12, 1930.


1957 26 Years Old His first radio job was in Cleveland before moving to CBS Radio in New York City in 1957.


1962 31 Years Old Beutel moved to ABC on October 22, 1962 as a reporter with ABC News and as anchor at the network's New York flagship, WABC-TV. … Read More
1968 37 Years Old Beutel left his WABC duties for two years in April 1968 to join ABC News full-time as their London bureau chief.
1970 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1970, he got a call from Al Primo, who had taken over as news director at WABC after Beutel left. … Read More


1975 44 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 6, 1975, Beutel was reassigned by ABC News and became the co-host (along with Stephanie Edwards) of a new morning show called AM America. … Read More
1980 49 Years Old In 1980 Beutel married Adair Atwell, a former tobacco industry lobbyist.


1988 57 Years Old After Grimsby's firing, Beutel was joined at 6:00 p.m. by Kaity Tong and John Johnson in a rotating anchor arrangement and was permanently joined by Johnson beginning in 1988.
1990 59 Years Old In 1990 Beutel began a long stint anchoring the 6 p.m. news alone, which ended when his 11 p.m. co-anchor Diana Williams joined him in 1999. … Read More


1991 60 Years Old After Tong left WABC in 1991 Beutel anchored with Susan Roesgen for one year, but the pairing was unsuccessful and in 1992 Roesgen was replaced by Diana Williams.
1999 68 Years Old Beutel left the 11:00 p.m. newscast in 1999 and was replaced by ABC News correspondent Bill Ritter.
2001 70 Years Old In 2001 Ritter also replaced Beutel as the 6 p.m. anchor, and after that Beutel spent the final two years of his career serving as a senior correspondent and occasional commentator. … Read More
2003 72 Years Old Beutel retired from television in February 2003, having served as an anchor at WABC-TV for a total of 37 years—giving him the longest run in New York television history until he was surpassed by Rafael Pineda, who has been anchor at Spanish-language station WXTV since 1972. … Read More
2006 75 Years Old 1 More Event
Beutel developed a degenerative brain disease following his retirement and on March 18, 2006, he succumbed to the disease at his home in Pinehurst, North Carolina. … Read More
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