Bill Fitzgerald


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.

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Recent Articles

  • Phone confusion prompts swift police response

    Posted on: 5:02 pm, September 18, 2013, by and , updated on: 02:17pm, September 19, 2013

    When police went to Robert Cruickshanks' home, officers called what they believed was the man's home phone.
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    Robert E. Cruickshanks (PHOTO: Chesterfield County Jail)
  • VIDEO: What can you do to protect your 401(k)?

    Posted on: 12:14 pm, September 4, 2013, by

    Listen to what Sandy Wiggins of the Actuarial Consulting Group has to say and consider these issues as you think about protecting your retirement savings.
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  • Early morning armed robbery on VCU campus rattles students

    Posted on: 11:32 pm, June 21, 2013, by , and , updated on: 09:09am, June 22, 2013

    Gunman even threatens victims' dog
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  • Fort Lee homecoming after Afghanistan tour

    Posted on: 12:28 am, June 18, 2013, by and , updated on: 06:53am, June 18, 2013

    A group of Fort Lee soldiers return home after six months in Afghanistan.
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  • Hundreds of bikers gather to raise awareness for MS

    Posted on: 7:37 am, June 1, 2013, by and , updated on: 11:32am, June 1, 2013

    More than 400 people are participating in Saturday's Bike MS Race.
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  • Dr. Bob on E. W. Jackson win, impact on Va.

    Posted on: 9:02 am, May 21, 2013, by and , updated on: 09:05am, May 21, 2013

    "This is going to be the most fascinating race for Lt. Governor we've ever seen," Dr. Bob Holsworth said.
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  • Richmond man shot in face by paintball while riding bike

    Posted on: 10:57 pm, May 17, 2013, by and , updated on: 09:48am, May 18, 2013

    Police are looking for a triggerman that leaned out of a moving box like white car, opening fire.
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  • Firefighters rescue Henrico woman from sinkhole

    Posted on: 10:28 pm, April 25, 2013, by and , updated on: 06:25am, April 26, 2013

    It started out about the size of a Coke can -- but a homeowner says the hole seemed to grow by the hour.
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    Henrico sinkhole
  • All-out search for second missing VSU student enters fifth day

    Posted on: 10:50 pm, April 23, 2013, by and , updated on: 10:42am, April 24, 2013

    Chesterfield County and the Commonwealth are pulling out all their resources, including sonar, a helicopter and extensive manpower.
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  • Source: Evidence at Ettrick business linked to search for VSU students

    Posted on: 10:43 pm, April 22, 2013, by and , updated on: 09:25am, April 23, 2013

    For the third night, divers suspended a search of the Appomattox River because of nightfall.
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    Ettrick business
  • Second late-night ATM robbery attempt in last month

    Posted on: 10:53 pm, April 16, 2013, by and

    Police are still going through the latest surveillance video to figure out if the same suspects are involved.
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  • VIDEO: Gov. McDonnell explains why he did not disclose donor’s $15,000 wedding gift

    Posted on: 6:59 am, April 10, 2013, by and , updated on: 08:47pm, April 10, 2013

    Should lawmakers be required to disclose gifts to family members?
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    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell