Bill Beutel
American television reporter and journalist
Bill Beutel
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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Diasporic Dining: The Running Footman
Huffington Post - 4 months
Somewhere in the December 14, 1970 edition of New York Magazine, mention is made of a restaurant called The Running Footman, located at 133 East 61, only a few blocks from Bloomingdale's. In the same issue you can read pieces like "RFK Freshly Remembered" (Interviews by Jean Stein, edited by George Plimpton) and "Confessions of a Youth Marketeer" by Andrew Tobias. There are reviews of restaurants by Gael Greene, of theater by John Simon and an advertisement for Rober Grimsby and Bill Beutel on Eyewitness News and one for a lost Catskills Institution called The Corcord which reads "Do Your Christmas Shopping Early at the Singles Weekend." Farrah, Straus and Giroux advertises Tom Wolfe's Radical Chic & Mau Mauing the Flak Catchers for $5.95. The Running Footman was a creature of its times, a clubby restaurant, with an English hunt scene theme. It occupied a long narrow room presided over by a maitre d' who met you at the top of a small set of stairs which descended into the main di ...
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Bridge Views: Newsmen of Days Gone By - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
There was no better anchor duo than Roger Grimsby and Bill Beutel; the Felix and Oscar of network news. Whereas I celebrated the grimness of Grimsby, my father knelt at the altar of Cronkite. Personally, I found his eyebrows a little too unruly
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Nixon in China, the Dinner, Is Recreated
NYTimes - about 6 years
WHEN President Richard M. Nixon made his momentous trip to China in 1972, it followed years of diplomacy and advance work. When Michael Tong brought his interpretation of the visit to his Manhattan restaurant, Shun Lee Palace, it took less than 24 hours. One night early in the trip, Prime Minister Zhou Enlai gave a formal dinner in Nixon's honor.
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In Hard Times for TV Anchors, Trusted Older Faces Fade Out
NYTimes - about 8 years
One of the most familiar voices in Denver is about to sign off for the last time. In October, three weeks after Ernie Bjorkman, an institution in Colorado television, signed a new annual contract worth close to a quarter of a million dollars, he was told he was being let go by KWGN, the CW affiliate in Denver, a victim of consolidation with another
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Paid Notice: Deaths BEUTEL, BILL
NYTimes - almost 11 years
BEUTEL--Bill. The Board and Administration of Southampton Hospital and the Southampton Hospital Foundation mourn the loss of Bill Beutel, whose warmth, talent and friendship embraced our cause. A loyal friend, he shall be dearly missed. We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife, Adair, a much-admired former member of our Board, and to his family.
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Paid Notice: Deaths BEUTEL, WILLIAM C.
NYTimes - almost 11 years
BEUTEL--William C. The Board of Trustees and Staff of the Wildlife Conservation Society are deeply saddened by the death of our friend, Bill Beutel. His professionalism and thoughtful approach to the news helped define television journalism in New York City for over three decades. The Society was fortunate to know Bill through his wife Adair, who
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Bill Beutel, 75, Longtime Anchor of 'Eyewitness News' in New York
NYTimes - almost 11 years
Bill Beutel, who helped bring about a sea change in the nature of local television news as the dapper and unruffled anchor of ''Eyewitness News'' at WABC-TV in New York for more than 30 years, died Saturday at his home in Pinehurst, N.C. He was 75. The cause was complications from a progressive neurological disorder, his wife, Adair, said. Though
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Corrections
NYTimes - about 16 years
A Public Lives profile on Jan. 5 about Bill Beutel, former anchor of WABC-TV's ''Eyewitness News,'' referred incorrectly to his wife, the former Adair Atwell. She is his fourth wife, not his second.
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PUBLIC LIVES; He Told Us the News, but He Tells No Tales
NYTimes - about 16 years
BILL BEUTEL does his farewell turn as anchor at 6 this evening on WABC-TV's ''Eyewitness News.'' After 38 years at the station, you've got to believe he could dish, but Mr. Beutel is not the sort to tell tales, his or anyone else's. Asked the maiden name of his first wife (How's this for a news flash: Bill Beutel has been divorced) he looks
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PUBLIC LIVES; The Story the Interviewer Never Wanted
NYTimes - over 16 years
JUST after Kenneth Kimes, convicted murderer and confirmed mama's boy, put Court TV's Maria J. Zone in a stranglehold and jammed a black Paper Mate pen against her carotid artery during a Tuesday afternoon prison interview, he told the sobbing ''Crime Stories'' producer that she should realize he was doing her career an enormous favor by taking her
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THE GUIDE
NYTimes - over 16 years
Best Bet Balloons shaped like shopping bags, polar bears, bunnies and apples take flight in Waldbaum's Balloon and Music Festival in Shirley. While the 75 hot-air balloons that go up at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday give the event its special appeal, basically it's a family affair, with daytime activities
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THE GUIDE
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Photos of Hope in War For more than five years Alice Rose George and Lee Marks, freelance photo editors and curators, searched photography archives and collections seeking a more human side of photography than the images of war, terrorism and depravity so common in the media. They focused on the theme of hope, and found it in unexpected places.
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More Footprints in the Chilly Hamptons Sands
NYTimes - about 17 years
BY 6 p.m. the Mercedes-Benzes and BMW's were lining up for valet parking at Goose Creek, the luxurious private screening room tucked in the basement of Bryan Bantry's mansion in Wainscott. Then, as always, came the slinky procession of celebrities, Kelly Klein, Eric Fischl, Christie Brinkley, Kim Cattrall of ''Sex and the City'' and the writer
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Word for Word/TV Weather Segues; It's Not the Heat; It's the Verbal Cruelty
NYTimes - over 17 years
WHEW, the heat's been torture this summer, hasn't it? And speaking of torture, what about all those contrived segues to the weather on happy-talking local television newscasts? Here is a recent sampling from that very hot media town, New York City. CAREN LISSNER Broadcast: The news at 5:30 A.M. on Channel 7 (ABC), July 18. Preceding story: David
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PUBLIC LIVES
NYTimes - about 18 years
Look Like a Million, With Bill to Match The unasked question at a party for DR. GERALD IMBER, a plastic surgeon and author, was, ''Who has and who hasn't?'' The crowd at the East Side brownstone of the advertising executive JERRY DELLA FEMINA on Wednesday included BILL BEUTEL, an anchor on WABC-TV; the actor BEN GAZZARA; the restaurateur KENNETH
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PUBLIC LIVES
NYTimes - over 18 years
M.C.'s Impudence Is No 'Cabaret' Act The people in the audience for the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall must have wondered if they had wandered onto ''The Jerry Springer Show.'' ROSIE O'DONNELL, the talk show diva and Springer competitor who was the M.C. for the awards show, ad-libbed shoot-from-the-lip patter that the folks in television land
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BENEFITS
NYTimes - over 19 years
Fete de Famille XII MONDAY -- The AIDS Care Center at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center will hold its 12th annual Fete de Famille from 6 to 9 P.M. at Mortimer's, Lexington Avenue at 75th Street. The party will be held in the restaurant and in a tent just outside, and will feature Champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets, $250, or $125 for those
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Vying for New York Stories, For Beguiling Announcers And, Yes, for People's Trust
NYTimes - over 19 years
JERRY Seinfeld, Rafael Pineda and Liliana Marin have been causing agita for the already ulcer-prone news executives of New York City's local broadcast television stations. Jerry Seinfeld? The Pineda-Marin team? Re-runs of ''Seinfeld'' at 11 P.M. on Channel 11 are so popular with viewers in the New York City area that they draw more people than the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Beutel
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 75
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was revealed after his death (though not immediately) that Beutel had Lewy body dementia. Beutel was survived by his wife Adair, as well as his former wives, and his four children from his first marriage; he has since been joined in death by his son Peter, a businessman and energy sector analyst who died of a heart attack in March 2012, and his second wife Lynn Deerfield, who died in 2011.
  • 2003
    Age 72
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Beutel remained the longest-serving anchor at an English-language station in New York City until April 2011, when he was surpassed by WNBC's Chuck Scarborough. His trademark sign off was "Good luck, be well."
  • 2001
    Age 70
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the latter role he was given a segment called "Final Thought", which aired at the end of the 6 p.m. Eyewitness News where Beutel gave a brief commentary on an issue of the day, usually a brief summary of the top stories/headlines of the newscast in one minute or less.
  • 1999
    Age 68
    Beutel left the 11:00 p.m. newscast in 1999 and was replaced by ABC News correspondent Bill Ritter.
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  • 1991
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1990
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Beutel returned to the 11 p.m. Eyewitness News in 1989 after Ernie Anastos left to join WCBS and was originally paired with then-longtime co-anchor Kaity Tong.
  • 1988
    Age 57
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 49
    In 1980 Beutel married Adair Atwell, a former tobacco industry lobbyist.
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  • 1975
    Age 44
    Beutel was married four times. His first marriage was to Gail Wilder, which lasted twenty years and gave Beutel his four children, son Peter and daughters Robin, Colby, and Heather. He married actress Lynn Deerfield, twenty years his junior, in 1975 but the marriage was brief, as was Beutel's third marriage in 1977 which only lasted four months.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details This show, ABC's first attempt at a morning news program to compete with NBC's Today and CBS's combination of network news and Captain Kangaroo, lasted only eleven months on the air. AM America was replaced on November 3, 1975 by Good Morning America, originally anchored by David Hartman and Nancy Dussault. Beutel returned to WABC-TV and Eyewitness News, though he maintained a presence on the network as the anchor of its 15-minute late newscasts on Saturday and Sunday nights through the late 1970s. The reformed Grimsby-Beutel team kept Eyewitness News on top of the ratings through the middle 1980s, when it briefly fell to last place. Though the ratings drop was mostly associated with ABC-TV's poor primetime performance during that time, it led to Grimsby's firing in 1986. However, within a year, WABC-TV had shot back to first place and has been the ratings leader in New York ever since.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 39
    Beutel rejoined WABC-TV on September 28, 1970 as Grimsby's co-anchor on Eyewitness News.
    More Details Hide Details The two worked together for 16 years, most of which was spent going back and forth with WCBS-TV for first place in the New York ratings.
    In 1970, he got a call from Al Primo, who had taken over as news director at WABC after Beutel left.
    More Details Hide Details Primo had brought the Eyewitness News format, in which the reporters directly presented their stories, along with him from KYW-TV in Philadelphia. He wanted Beutel to return to New York as co-anchor alongside Roger Grimsby, whom Primo hired away from KGO-TV to serve as WABC-TV's main anchor. Primo remembered Beutel's solo anchor run in the early 1960s. Since Grimsby had already established a powerful presence after just two years in New York, Primo wanted a co-anchor "who could be his own man." Beutel assured Primo he could be.
  • 1968
    Age 37
    Beutel left his WABC duties for two years in April 1968 to join ABC News full-time as their London bureau chief.
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  • 1962
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The station had just opened up its first newsroom and created a one-hour 6:00 p.m. newscast called The Big News. WABC-TV was considered late to the game behind WNBC-TV and WCBS-TV. Among the hundreds of famous personages who were interviewed by Beutel was the African American Muslim and black nationalist leader Malcolm X.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 26
    His first radio job was in Cleveland before moving to CBS Radio in New York City in 1957.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on December 12, 1930.
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