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General Information

Name:  William (Bill) Horton Kurtis  

Pen Name: Bill Kurtis

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Born: 1940 in Pensacola, Florida

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Kurtis moved to Chicago in 1966 to work at WBBM-TV's Channel 2 News Chicago. He lived there until 1982. He returned to Chicago in 1985 to produce documentaries for the television show

The New Explorers

and worked at WBBM-TV as an anchorman there until 1996. Kurtis continues to reside in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kurtis was born William Horton Kuretichis in 1940. He is a television news anchor, broadcast journalist, producer and television executive. He is well-known as the former CBS News anchor and host of A&E's Investigative Reports, American Justice, and Cold Case Files. He has also anchored the CBS Morning News and was a popular news anchor at WBBM-TV in Chicago.


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Titles At Your Library

Bill Kurtis: On Assignment
ISBN: 0528810057

Rand McNally. 1983

A distinguished broadcast journalist offers a vivid, behind-the-scenes look at television's coverage of significant news events, including the Iranian revolution, the turmoil in El Salvador, and the problems of Agent Orange and Amerasian children in Vietnam

We Interrupt This Broadcast: Relive the Events That Stopped Our Lives...from the Hindenburg to the Death of Princess Diana (book with 2 audio CDs)
ISBN: 1570713286

Sourcebooks Inc. 1998

Describes such radio and television news stories as the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassinations, and the Challenger explosion

Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice
ISBN: 158648446X

PublicAffairs. 2007

Bill Kurtis, anchor of the wildly popular true-crime TV series Cold Case Files and American Justice, used to support the death penalty. But after observing the machinations of the justice system for thirty years, he came to a stunning realization that changed his life: Capital punishment is wrong. There can be no real justice in America until it is abolished.

In The Death Penalty on Trial, Kurtis takes readers on his most remarkable investigative journey yet. Together, we revisit murder scenes, study the evidence, and explore the tactical decisions made before and during trials that send innocent people to death row. We examine the eight main reasons why the wrong people are condemned to death, including overzealous and dishonest prosecutors, corrupt policemen, unreliable witnesses and expert witnesses, incompetent defense attorneys, bias judges, and jailhouse informants. We see why the new jewel of forensic science, DNA, is revealing more than innocence and guilt, opening a window into the criminal justice system that could touch off a revolution of reform. Ultimately we come to a remarkable conclusion: The possibility for error in our justice system is simply too great to allow the death penalty to stand as our ultimate punishment.


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