Biography

Emmy Award-winning journalist BILL MCCREARY is a former vice-president of Fox Television station WNYW-TV (Channel 5 in New York).  A graduate of Baruch College, he began his career in 1960 as a staff announcer and engineer for radio station WWRL in Queens.  In 1963 he joined Radio Station WLIB as a general assignment reporter.  After one year he was promoted to News Director. As news director at radio station WLIB, he produced several documentaries on the civil rights movement and interviewed such advocates as Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X.   In 1967 he joined Metro Media Brodcasting an a general assignment Reporter.   In 1968 McCreary conducted a highly acclaimed special weekend seminar at Syracuse University regarding race and politics in America.    In 1970, he became the anchor and managing editor of “Black News” at Metro Media.  Bill McCreary was promoted to co-anchor of “The 10 O’Clock News” in 1971.   In 1987, McCreary was promoted to a vice President for Fox Television and given his own show (McCreary Report), where he was anchor and executive producer.

Bill McCreary has received numerous awards and citations for his work as a newscaster and for his outstanding contributions to the African-American community.  Recognition of his accomplishments by civic leaders and his peers include:

  • Two Emmy Awards — one for the “The 10 O’Clock News” and one for “Black News;”
  • An Emmy Award nomination for the documentary “Following the Footsteps;”
  • The Daily News Front Page Award for outstanding achievement in “reporting events and issues concerning the Metropolitan area and the minority community in particular;”
  • The NAACP’s “Black Heritage Award” in 1987;
  • Borough President David Dinkins’ declaration of April 23, 1987, as “Bill McCreary Day” in New York City;
  • An award from the Food and Drug Administration for a series of reports on the dangers of consuming “Argo Starch;”
  • The Floyd Flake Image Award in October, 1990;
  • The Mackee Williams Memorial Award in September, 1990;
  • The Federation of Negro Civil Service Organizations, Inc. Distinguished Service Award; and
  • A Myopia International Research Foundation citation for helping to improve public health standards.

Comments

  • Stephen Jackson  On October 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Bill McCreary was the 1st journalist to embrace the Internet.

    When they canceled the McCreary Report, Bill took his reports to the Internet becoming the 1st journalist to webcast and stream a weekly segment.

    Thank you Bill for believing in me and the strength of the Internet.

  • Attuquaye Okai  On October 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I remember growing up in NYC , first in Harlem and then in Jamaica and Laurelton, Queens…seeing him on TV with his distinctive voice and polish and getting a sense that nothing was impossible for me to accomplish. Subliminally, his presence in my home and accessibility via the media was a guide post, a light house, in darkness showing the way to victory! Thanks Bill for being an example of professionalism and hope!!!

  • Lhomme ONeal  On November 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    In the 1970’s I remember the phrase “It’s 10 o’clock do you know where your children are? Then a pause….As, a teen those words will be forever imbedded within me. My Parents always made sure they checked on us…When the McCreary report came on… As an African American journalist in those times was “unprecedented” to see his news reports and as the African American population increased, it was important to see that changes in our society reflected in American newsrooms, so that stories could be told from all perspectives.” Mr. McCreary has done that throughout the years…
    “Nominating him to the Broadcasters Hall of Fame is long overdue”

  • morgan p  On July 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Mr Mccreary you are the best! Your life has been an inspiration to me im BLESSED to have had the opportunity to meet you in person

  • Jerry Goldstein  On January 11, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Bill McCreary’s presence at Fox TV was like sunshine after the rain.
    He truly deserves election to the Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame.

  • missllah  On January 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I interviewed him for my Thesis many years ago. What a legend! He seems to has all but dissapeared. I can’t locate any current information on him.

  • zeeshan khan  On September 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    does bill mcrerary have a twittet page. im a fan

  • Lauren Harrison  On October 9, 2013 at 2:44 am

    I met Bill McCreary in a local health food store today! What an honor! He was as gracious and genuine as his TV persona…and still as handsome!!! A true pioneer deserving of the Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame!

  • Louwana Lindsey  On March 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I would very much like to see Mr. McCreary inducted to the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He has been an enlightening presence for me growing up as an African-American female. His thought provoking commentary on issues effecting the world in particular African-Americans gave me hope I could obtain whatever I wanted as long as hard work was put into it.

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