William Wheatley (COM’70)

Independent Journalism Consultant, Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Columbia University

Bill Wheatley is a consultant on journalism matters and former Executive Vice President of NBC News. At NBC, he had executive responsibility for the network’s domestic and international news gathering and for its hard news programs. He also served for five years as Executive Producer of NBC Nightly News and was closely associated with NBC’s coverage of U.S. politics, overseeing the network’s efforts in a half-dozen presidential elections. He interrupted his career at NBC twice to study at Harvard University, as a Nieman Fellow studying American social history and as a Shorenstein Fellow studying presidential leadership.

Mr. Wheatley teaches broadcast journalism at Columbia University Graduate School. He is a member of the advisory committees of the International News Safety Institute and the Boston University College of Communication and serves as the chairman of the jury of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston College and a master’s degree in broadcasting from Boston University.

Hear the former producers of nightly news broadcasts on NBC, ABC, and CBS in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s—Ed Fouhy (COM’59), William Wheatley, and William Lord (DGE’57, COM’59) reflect on news throughout the last 40 years in Presidential Campaign Politics: Then and Now.