A former FBI special agent said the bureau made a "tragic" and "unconscionable" mistake by mishandling a tip about Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 when he opened fire at a Florida high school on Valentine's Day.
Bill Hemmer currently serves as co-anchor of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) America's Newsroom (weekdays 9-11AM/ET). Hemmer joined the network in 2005 and is based in New York.
As one of the network's top breaking news anchors, Hemmer has provided extensive live coverage of several major stories throughout his 10+ years at FNC. Most recently, Hemmer co-anchored live coverage alongside Shannon Bream of former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. In May 2017, Hemmer also sat down with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a wide-ranging interview.
In 2016, he reported from France on the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris and provided live coverage of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States by reporting from various locations in New York City and Philadelphia.
Previously, Hemmer reported live on the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as well as the Fort Hood military base shooting in 2009. In 2005, Hemmer traveled to England to cover the repercussion of the London terrorist attack as well as to Baton Rouge, LA to report on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Hemmer was also featured in the special "FOX News Reporting: Timeline of Hurricane Katrina – 10th Anniversary," which took a look back at the damaging storm that centered in the Gulf Coast.
Hemmer has provided extensive coverage of several major stories, including the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks from Paris in November 2015, the Boston Marathon bombing from Boston and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting from Newtown, CT. He also reported from Haiti on the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, from Texas on the Fort Hood shooting and from Baton Rouge, LA on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, Hemmer traveled to London in the summer of 2005 to cover the aftermath of the London terrorist attack.
During his tenure at FNC, Hemmer has contributed to the network's coverage of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. Most recently in August 2015, Hemmer, alongside co-anchor MacCallum moderated the 5PM/ET GOP presidential debate. According to Nielsen data, the debate averaged 6.1 million total viewers and 1.2 million viewers in the 25-54 key demo, making it the third-highest primary presidential debate ever for the network.
In addition to monitoring election night results on the signature “Bill Board,” he also reported from the political conventions, and the campaign trail where he interviewed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 and then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008.
Prior to joining FNC, Hemmer was an anchor and correspondent at CNN. While there, he served as co-anchor of American Morning and anchor of both CNN Live Today and CNN Tonight.
A recipient of several awards and honors, including an Emmy Award in 1996, Hemmer began his career as a weekend sports anchor for WCPO-TV (CBS 9) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He earned a B.A. in broadcast journalism from Miami University in Ohio.
Stories from Bill Hemmer
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