Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates


William B. "Bill"


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Personal data

Birthdate:  ??.??.1937 (?)
Birthplace:  Chicago, Illinois
Marital status:  
Selection date:  14.05.1986
Position:  PSP
Status:  Ret. ??.??.1986

Additional information

Graduated from the Wesleyan University in Connecticut; former literature and philosophy teacher at the American University of Beirut and the American Community School of Beirut; one of fourty semi finalists in the "Journalist in Space Program" (cancelled following the Challenger tragedy); candidate from New York; in 1986 working for ABC News.
Veteran foreign and domestic correspondent Bill Blakemore joined ABC News in 1970 in the Mideast and India. He has covered a dozen wars or major conflicts including the Black September, Bangladesh, Intifada, 1973 Arab-Israeli, Cyprus, Iranian and Beirut Civil Wars, and more recently the 1991 and 2003 Iraq wars (both from Baghdad) and the ongoing Afghan/Taliban war. On 9/11 he reached Ground Zero before the towers fell. He was ABC's Rome Bureau Chief 1978-1984, traveled extensively with John Paul II and wrote several documentaries and the Encyclopaedia Britannica article about him. Since 1984, he's been based in New York, where he also served as Education Correspondent and reported on the arts and science. He began focusing on extinction and global warming in 2004, and hosts ABC's Nature's Edge. He has won most major broadcast journalism awards, some a number of times. He also writes and lectures on the journalistic profession, the Many Psychologies of Global Warming, and the cinematic art of Stanley Kubrick


Last update on February 28, 2021.