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William Horton Kureich is an American journalist, television presenter, narrator, and producer, from Pensacola, Florida, born on the 21st of September 1940 of part-Croatian ancestry, known for hosting a number of varied shows on US TV stations.

How rich is Bill Kurtis? As of early 2017, sources estimate his net worth at $15 million, earned over his television and radio career which began in the 1960s.

Bill Kurtis Net Worth $15 million

Kurtis moved from Florida to Independence, Kansas, after his father retired from the military. At 16, he had his first foray into the media, working in radio for KIND-AM as an announcer, whilst still attending Independence High School. He matriculated in 1958 to the University of Kansas, graduating in 1962 with a degree in Journalism, and going on to study at the Washburn University School of Law, leaving with a Juris Doctor Degree. Between 1962 and 1966, Kurtis was enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant, and then in the Navy Reserve for three years, until 1969.

After filling in for an absent friend at a radio station, Kurtis was bitten by the broadcasting bug. He stayed on air for 24 hours due to a violent storm hitting Topeka, where the station was based. His coverage of the natural disaster, which killed 16 people and injured many others, brought him to the attention of several news stations. Deciding a career in law was not for him, Kurtis instead deciding to pursue broadcasting.

Kurtis moved to Chicago to work for WBBM-TV, where he was a reporter and anchor. During his career, he has covered such important events as the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, and the Vietnam War protests. In the 1980s, he branched out into wider presenting work, narrating hundreds of documentaries, and began producing documentaries too, as part of his new company, “Kurtis Productions”. His career went from strength to strength through the decades, along with the growth in his net worth, for example Kurtis’s reporting on notorious murderer Richard Speck in 1994 leading to a complete reform of the Illinois penal system.

In 2005, Kurtis founded the Tallgrass Beef Company, based in Kansas and specialising in grass-fed beef from local, family-run farms. He has also written books including “Bill Kurtis on Assignment” and “The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice”. As of 2017, he is the current judge and scorekeeper on the gameshow “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”

Over his distinguished career, Kurtis has been nominated for, and has won, a number of awards. He was nominated for two Primetime Emmys, in 2004 and 2005, both times for “Outstanding Nonfiction Series” with “Cold Case Files”. He has also won several CableACE awards in connection with his various documentaries. He has two Peabody Awards, and is a member of both the Illinois and Kansas Halls of Fame.

In his personal life, Kurtis participates in philanthropic activities, including serving on the board of directors for the National Park Foundation. He first married in 1963, to Helen Kurtis and remained together until her death in 1977, and had two children together. He is now in a relationship with Donna La Pietra. He suffered tragedy when, on the 20th of July, 2009, his son was found dead on the family’s Kansas cattle ranch. He was just 38, and had suffered from mental health problems, including schizophrenia.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The American Tax Cheat 2011 TV Movie executive producer
The Abduction of Jaycee Dugard 2010 TV Movie documentary executive producer
CNBC Investigates: Illegal Gambling 2009 TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Oprah Effect 2009 TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Entrepreneurs (Toms Shoes and Frontera Foods) 2009 TV Series documentary executive producer
Parking Wars 2008 TV Series executive producer
American Originals 2008 TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Day Under Fire: The Civil War 2007 TV Movie documentary series producer
Day Under Fire: Vietnam War 2007 TV Movie documentary series producer
Madness in the White City 2007 TV Movie documentary series producer
Day Under Fire: World War II 2007 Documentary series producer
American Justice 1992-2005 TV Series documentary executive producer - 12 episodes
High Tech Lincoln 2005 TV Movie documentary executive producer
Investigating History 2004 TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Cold Case Files 1999-2004 TV Series documentary executive producer - 4 episodes
The Secrets of Genghis Khan 2004 executive producer
Saudi Arabia: A Complicated Ally 2003 TV Movie documentary executive producer
Investigative Reports TV Series executive producer - 16 episodes, 1991 - 2002 producer - 1 episode, 1998
The Farm: Angola, USA 1998 Documentary executive producer: Investigative Reports
The New Explorers 1993-1996 TV Series documentary executive producer - 11 episodes
The Science of Star Trek 1995 TV Movie documentary executive producer
American Justice: Target - Mafia 1993 TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Nova 1989 TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Scary Ham 2016 Short completed Commercial Voice Over
The Jellies 2015 TV Series
HOMEWARD. 2014 John James
Santa Hunters 2014 TV Movie Santa Hunters V.O. Narrator (voice)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 Narrator (voice)
Parking Wars 2012 TV Series
Stull 2010 Short Narrator (voice)
30 Rock 2008 TV Series Bill Kurtis
Biography 2005-2006 TV Series documentary Narrator
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie 2004 Video Bill Lawson
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004 Bill Lawson - Narrator (voice)
The Unexplained 1996 TV Series Narrator

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Unexplained 1997-1999 TV Series narrator - 4 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Investigating History 2003 TV Series documentary writer
Nova 1989 TV Series documentary written by - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jayhawkers 2014 special thanks
The Only Good Indian 2009 special thanks
The Battle for Bunker Hill 2008 special thanks
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie 2004 Video thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'85: The Greatest Team in Pro Football History 2016 Himself
Svengoolie 2016 TV Series Himself
Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan 2016 Documentary Narrator
Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious 2013 TV Series Himself
Ebert Presents: At the Movies 2011 TV Series Himself - Speaking for Roger Ebert
Carbon Nation 2010 Documentary Himself - Narrator
The Good Wife 2010 TV Series Himself
The Abduction of Jaycee Dugard 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
A Better Life 2009 Documentary Himself
Discovering Deerpath 2009 Documentary Narrator
The Last Four Miles: A Legacy to Complete 2009 Short Himself - Host
Cold Case Files 1999-2008 TV Series documentary Himself - Host / Narrator / Himself - Presenter / ...
A Killer on Campus: A Bill Kurtis Special Report 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Chasing October 2007 Documentary Opening Narrator
For God's Sake Take Cover 2006 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Sopranos 2006 TV Series Himself
American Justice 1992-2005 TV Series documentary Himself - Host / Himself / Host / ...
Criss Angel Mindfreak 2005 TV Series Himself
American Justice: Marty Tankleff 2005 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
Investigating History 2004-2005 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter / Himself - Narrator
Deadly Deception: The Mark Hacking Story 2004 TV Movie documentary
Reel Comedy 2004 TV Series Himself - Host
History Makers 2004 TV Movie Himself - Host
Saudi Arabia: A Complicated Ally 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
MIA: Solved 2003 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Real Story 2002 TV Series Host
Medicine on the Kansas Prairie 2002 TV Short documentary Narrator
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 2002 TV Series Himself
Investigative Reports 1991-2002 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself / Narrator / ...
Biography 1995-1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Investigative Journalist / Himself / Himself - Host
The Unexplained 1998-1999 TV Series Himself - Host
Guns in America: Gun Life 1999 TV Movie Himself - Host
Inside Story 1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
Polluting the Fountain of Youth 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
L.A. Detectives 1998 TV Series documentary
Saturday Night Live 1997 TV Series Himself
The Best of American Justice: The Mob 1996 Video documentary Himself - Host
The New Explorers 1995 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
The Science of Star Trek 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
The American Revolution 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Eight-Tray Gangster: The Making of a Crip 1993 Documentary Himself - Host
American Justice: Target - Mafia 1993 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator / Himself / Host / ...
Secret Intelligence 1989 TV Series documentary Correspondent / Narrator
The Men Who Killed Kennedy 1988 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator (initial A&E presentations only)
The American Parade 1984 TV Series Correspondent
CBS Early Morning News 1982 TV Series Himself - Co-Anchor (1982-1985)
Morning 1979 TV Series Himself - Co-Anchor (1982-1985)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - CBS News
Ebert Presents: At the Movies 2011 TV Series Himself - Speaking for Roger Ebert

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Factual Narrative The New Explorers (1990) · Gary Foreman (producer/writer)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Environmental/Nature Documentary Special Investigative Reports (1991) · Michael Cascio (executive producer)
· Elliott Halpern (producer/director/writer)
· Simcha Jacobovici (producer)
· Marike Emery (associate producer)
· Anita Herczeg (associate producer)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Business or Consumer Programming Special or Series Investigative Reports (1991) · Michael Cascio (executive producer)
· Barry Stoner (senior producer)
· Bob Harris (writer)
· James Cutler (producer/director)
1993 CableACE CableACE Awards Business or Consumer Special or Series Investigative Reports (1991) · Michael Cascio (producer)
· Jenny Clayton (producer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Nonfiction Series Cold Case Files (1999) · Michael Harvey (executive producer)
· Laura Fleury (executive producer)
· Tania Lindsay (supervising producer)
· Mike West (supervising producer)
· Mary Frances O'Conner (producer)
2004 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Nonfiction Series Cold Case Files (1999) · Laura Fleury (executive producer)
· Michael Harvey (supervising producer)
· Mike West (producer)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards News Special or Series Investigative Reports (1991) · Michael Cascio (executive producer)
· Barry Stoner (senior producer)
· Richard Denton (director/writer)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Environmental/Nature Documentary Special Investigative Reports (1991) · Michael Cascio (executive producer)
· Rasha Drachkovitch (executive producer)
· Rob Englehardt (director)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Documentary Series American Justice (1992) · Michael Cascio (executive producer)
· Ted Schillinger (producer/writer)
· Barbara Williams (writer)
· Jonathan Towers (executive producer)
1994 CableACE CableACE Awards News Special or Series Investigative Reports (1991) · Michael Cascio (executive producer)
· Paul Leaser (executive producer)
· Steve Antoniou (producer/director/writer)
· Steve Fecske (producer/director/writer)
· Richard Leslie (producer)
· Jonathan Towers (producer)
1993 CableACE CableACE Awards News Special or Series Investigative Reports (1991) · Michael Cascio (executive producer)
· John Wright (executive producer)
· Bob Harris (producer)


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#Fact
1 Appeared in several commercials for AT&T's 3-G Internet network. Also appearing are Andy Roddick and Floyd Mayweather Jr.. [2009]
2 Several scenes in independent filmmaker Kevin Willmott's upcoming feature The Battle for Bunker Hill (2008) were filmed at Kurtis' Red Buffalo Ranch near Sedan, Kansas.
3 Graduate of Washburn University School of Law.
4 Host of Investigative Reports (1991) on A&E network.


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