Bill Worden

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Bill Worden

By (BI) Jay LaPlante

Bill Worden is the anchor of NEWSChannel 2 at Six, Ten and Eleven. He has been at NEWSChannel 2 for over 35 years.

Bill is a native of Central New York. His career spans nearly fifty years in broadcasting. Born in Herkimer, he grew up the son of a successful local businessman, whose travels took Bill, his Mother and his sister to Indiana and Florida before returning to Utica where his father became a car dealer.

Bill is an Air Force veteran, having served with a Top Secret clearance in the Atlas-F Missile program, during both the Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

He met his wife Janna in Kansas while in the service. Upon discharge, he entered radio in Utica. He attended MVCC (where he helped start the college’s first radio station) and later Utica College, all while working in radio.

Bill is an accomplished drummer. He played professionally across the country for several years with jazz and jazz-rock groups, including one national recording group. He has twice been a guest soloist with the Utica Symphony.

He worked in radio at WBVM and WRUN before leaving in 1971 to take his first television position at KTVH in Wichita, Kansas. There he anchored the noon, then the 6 O’clock News. His other passion was auto racing.

Bill served on the board of the Wichita Auto Racing Association at 81 Speedway. He was also mentioned in the true-life novel “Don’t Open the Door”, the story of a bank robbery in Burrton, Kansas. His career was also not without tragedy. While covering a sniper atop a downtown Wichita hotel, one of his cameramen was among those shot and killed.

Bill also anchored the 6:00 and 11:00 News in 1973 at WTVN in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1977, Bill was welcomed home with a key to the city from the Mayor and accepted the position of anchor of NEWSChannel 2 at 6 and 11.

He has won numerous awards through the years, including the Kiwanis Club, The Rotary and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He was honored by the New York State Assembly in 2003 for his dedication to the principles of freedom and Democracy.

Bill and the crew of NEWSChannel 2 at 6 were recognized by the Associated Press for best regularly scheduled news program. In July of 2002, Bill received the prestigious Les Diven News Media Award for his coverage of the Boilermaker Road Race. He also received the Associated Press award for Best Interview in 2002.

His continuing support of American veterans and his work toward the dedication of the New Hartford Veteran’s Memorial has earned him a lifetime membership in the American Legion. Bill was also a finalist in the Telly Awards in 2004 for a documentary called “Our Vets-Their Stories." He was also honored by the New York State Assembly for his work with veterans in 2004.

He is a well-known public speaker around the state, addressing issues pertinent to our times. Bill and Janna have been married nearly 50 years. They have four children and twelve grandchildren.

Bill has a passion for American history, television and motion picture production. His favorite pastimes are his family, church, music, computers and traveling and meeting people wherever he speaks. Bill loves to answer e-mails. You can write him at bworden@wktv.com.

Philosophy: Be a blessing to others and it will return to you.

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