William Wheatley, Jr. | Columbia Journalism School

William Wheatley, Jr.

Adjunct Faculty


Bill Wheatley is a journalism consultant and former executive vice president of NBC News. At NBC, he had executive responsibility for the network's domestic and international news gathering and for its hard-news programs. He also served for five years as executive producer of NBC Nightly News and was closely associated with NBC's coverage of U.S. politics, overseeing the network's efforts in a half-dozen Presidential elections. He interrupted his career at NBC twice to study at Harvard University, as a Nieman Fellow studying American social history and as a Shorenstein Fellow studying Presidential leadership.

Professor Wheatley has served as president of the Nieman Foundation advisory board and as chair of the jury of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Boston University College of Communication and the International News Safety Institute. He holds a bachelor's degree in History from Boston College and a master's degree in Broadcasting from Boston University.