Bill has been an integral part of Denver broadcasting for more than 25 years. Throughout these past decades, he has been a calm and reassuring presence, guiding Colorado viewers through coverage of the state's worst tragedies and greatest triumphs. He provided hours of live coverage on the crash of United flight 232, the Columbine shootings, the Hayman Fire, and the Pope's visit to Denver in 1993. His work on these stories—and hundreds of others in his career at News4—has earned him regional and national recognition.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Bill spent the early part of his life in the South. It was during his senior year in high school that he realized he might want to go into broadcasting. After attending classes at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Tennessee, Bill went on to serve as an anchor at several stations: WTVF-TV in Nashville, KSDK-TV in St. Louis, and WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama. He soon moved west to work at KMGH-TV in Denver. In December 1981, he joined News4 as a weeknight anchor. His successful career has resulted in numerous local and national awards, including 15 Emmys® from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his "journalistic enterprise" reporting. He has earned two national Headliner Awards and a Peabody Award for his series, "Yellowstone: Four Seasons After Fire." He received a duPont Award for "Erin's Life," a series on the life of a woman who survived a serious accident. And, in 2001, Bill was honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award for "Erin's Life: Ten Years Later."
The best part of his job, according to Bill, is the opportunity to meet interesting people. But one hardship of the business is the emotional impact of some stories. The one that stands out in his mind occurred in 1991 when he traveled to Romania to do stories on young orphans. He says he could not have imagined the horrific conditions he found there.
Bill has been actively involved in many community service campaigns. Most notably, Bill took the lead in a News4 effort to help find homes for Colorado kids awaiting adoption. As a spokesman for the Adoption Exchange for nearly 20 years, Bill has profiled kids looking for families. His efforts have helped almost 3,500 kids find new families.
In December 2001, Denver Mayor Wellington Webb honored Bill with a proclamation recognizing his decades of service to Denver television. Bill is married and has two children. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Dr. Cathy A. Grieve is an assistant professor and Director of Internships for the School of Communication (SOC) at the University of Denver. In her over 30 years of teaching, Dr. Grieve has received numerous honors for teaching and service, including the University of Denver Distinguished Teaching Award, the William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award, the University of Denver Kynewisbok Pioneer Award, the Colorado nominee for the National Partnership in Education, Inc. Award, and the Seton Tradition Award from the Archdiocese of Denver.
While her area of expertise is in public relations, corporate communication, and crisis management, Grieve has assisted hundreds of students in exploring television and broadcasting through the SOC internship program. Her students have interned at the major network affiliates and the public and community stations in Denver in positions ranging from reporting to production to community affairs. Her students have also interned for such successful series as "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Conan O'Brien Show" and have interned for CNN, ESPN, MTV, Telemundo, and Rocket Pictures, producers for Animal Planet and Discovery.
Grieve is also active in various community organizations and serves on numerous boards and committees. Her recent involvements include the Colorado Mental Health Association, Project Cure, CASA, and chair of the Archdiocese of Denver's tuition assistance program Seeds of Hope.
Grieve received her B.A. in Speech Communication from Mount St. Joseph-on-the-Ohio and an M.A. in Mass Communication and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Denver. Cathy has been married to Joe for 29 years, and they have three children, two sons who graduated from DU and a daughter who will graduate from DU in 2004.