Bill Fitzgerald

Anchor/Reporter

Bill comes to WTVR from Raleigh, N.C. where he was the evening anchor for two years. While there, he reported on green issues including: green homebuilding, composting including vermiculture (that's right, worms!)-- and hybrid vehicles. "Since I'm driving alone 90% of the time, it makes sense for me to drive a hybrid. I'm now determined to keep the average mileage gauge above 50 mpg. It's changed the way I drive."

Prior to Raleigh, Bill spent several years as an overnight and weekend anchor for MSNBC, covering breaking news and the top national stories of the day. Among the many stories he broke on MSNBC, Bill was on the desk when former President Gerald Ford died. "Interrupting The Tonight Show (on NBC) was nerve-wracking, but it helped to focus on just getting the message out. My wife was visiting her mother in Nashville at the time. The report came up and my mother-in-law asked Amy, 'Why is Bill on Jay Leno?'."

Before that, Bill was an anchor/reporter at WVTM in Birmingham, Alabama for five years, covering schools, politics, crime and hurricanes, while anchoring the weekend morning shows. During that period, he spent ten days in New York City on loan to WNBC, reporting in the wake of 9/11. He also traveled to Texas to cover the Columbia shuttle disaster. Bill started his career as a "one-man band" reporter on Long Island, NY, working for News 12 Long Island.

As an avid history buff, Bill says he and his family have loved the move to Richmond and are becoming well-acquainted with its rich trove of museums and historical sites. "We also love the proximity to the beach and the mountains."

Bill has an undergraduate degree in English and American literature from Harvard and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia. He grew up in suburban Philadelphia and maintains a healthy, fair and balanced allegiance to the Phillies and Eagles, although he says he's willing to listen to any coherent argument on the merits of other franchises. He and his wife Amy have a thirteen-year-old daughter, an eleven-year-old son, and an infant daughter.

Email Bill at bfitzgerald@wtvr.com

Recent Articles

  • 43-pages explain McDonnells’ indictment on 14 counts

    Posted on: 3:26 pm, January 21, 2014, by , , and , updated on: 12:48am, January 22, 2014

    Less than two weeks after leaving the governor's mansion in Richmond, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife have been indicted in connection to their relationship with political donor Jonnie Williams Sr.
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  • Gov. McDonnell touts accomplishments, acknowledges mistakes

    Posted on: 12:19 am, January 9, 2014, by , updated on: 08:55am, January 9, 2014

    As the new legislative session begins, Governor Robert McDonnell spoke to a joint assembly for the final time.
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  • Is market overvalued, should you cut back on stock buys?

    Posted on: 3:36 pm, December 6, 2013, by

    Is it time to re-think your retirement investments?
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  • Attempted robbery is third violent crime in 2 days near VSU campus

    Posted on: 10:25 pm, December 4, 2013, by and , updated on: 11:25pm, December 4, 2013

    It’s been a rough start to the week for one Central Virginia community.
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  • Deputies: Caroline sex offender, out on bond, offends again

    Posted on: 10:29 pm, November 20, 2013, by and , updated on: 06:41am, November 21, 2013

    Hit “accept” on a Facebook friend request and really there's no telling who you're letting into your life.
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  • HERRING FLASHBACK: ‘I support marriage equality’

    Posted on: 5:36 pm, November 1, 2013, by and , updated on: 09:26am, January 23, 2014

    In November, Herring said he believed Virginia's same-sex ban could not withstand constitutional scrutiny.
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  • Lt. Gov. candidate E.W. Jackson does not regret ‘gays are sick’ comments

    Posted on: 12:25 am, November 1, 2013, by and , updated on: 05:28pm, November 1, 2013

    Lt. Governor candidate E.W. Jackson said he has no regrets for past comments made about Democrats, gays, and Planned Parenthood. He said he is confronted with "anti-Christian religious bigotry."
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  • INTERVIEW: Republican attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain

    Posted on: 11:11 pm, October 25, 2013, by and , updated on: 11:13pm, October 25, 2013

    Obenshain talks one-on-one with Bill Fitzgerald about comparisons to current AG Ken Cuccinelli, about gun control and about social issues.
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  • Victim’s grandmother to visit, forgive driver in head-on collision

    Posted on: 10:47 pm, October 21, 2013, by , and , updated on: 07:35am, October 22, 2013

    Devon Pulley was killed in a head-on collision on Route 460 early Sunday morning.
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  • AP reporter Bob Lewis fired over McAuliffe mistake

    Posted on: 4:18 pm, October 21, 2013, by and , updated on: 04:52pm, October 21, 2013

    Support for fired reporters has been bipartisan.
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    Former AP political reporter Bob Lewis
  • VCU student among 20 finalists for Walmart product competition

    Posted on: 5:18 pm, October 10, 2013, by and , updated on: 09:47pm, October 10, 2013

    He is in the thick of a competition for shelf space in Walmart’s “Get on the Shelf” challenge.
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  • James River High School prepares for Head of James Regatta

    Posted on: 9:42 pm, October 9, 2013, by , updated on: 09:44pm, October 9, 2013

    The Head of the James is a 3-mile course that finishes near the Robious Landing launch area in Midlothian.
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