David Willis Biography
David Willis is an accomplished journalist currently working at BBC as a California correspondent. He joined the news team in January 2000.
David Willis Age|Birthday
How old is Willis? He is 43 years old as of 2023. He was born on 3 April 1979 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Willis celebrates her birthday on the 3rd of April every year.
David Willis Education
Willis attended and graduated from St Joseph’s College, an independent school in the Suffolk County town of Ipswich, and Harlow Technical College, now Harlow College, in the Essex new town of Harlow.
David Willis Height|Weight
He stands on an average height of 5 feet 7 inches and weighs around 70kgs
David Willis Family|Parents |Siblings
He was born in the United State, however, he has not revealed information regarding his family members.
David Willis Wife|Married
Willis is happily married to Janeen Newham, the couple tied the knot in October 1999. They were the first British transexual couple to marry, despite the fact they had transformed genders.
David Willis Children
Willis likes to keep his personal life private, hence he has not disclosed information about whether he has children or not.
David Willis Career
For over 15 years, Willis has worked as a BBC foreign correspondent. He started his broadcasting career as a junior reporter for the Hertfordshire Mercury prior to joining the BBC in 1983. Through a stint on local radio and regional television, he relocated to London to work as a political correspondent based at the Houses of Parliament.
In 1994, David’s career as a foreign correspondent began when he was appointed as an Asia correspondent for the BBC. While in Singapore, he covered the Hong Kong handover, Mother Teresa’s funeral, and the death of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, as well as obtaining exclusive photographs of Cambodian dictator Pol Pot’s “trial” by fellow Khmer Rouge cadres for six years. In addition, he covered the devastating earthquake in Kobe, Japan, and reported firsthand on Indonesia’s president Suharto’s downfall – as well as the subsequent bloodbath in East Timor, during which he was briefly imprisoned by Indonesian authorities. While in Asia he was also marked by a series of exclusive reports on the downfall of the so-called “rogue trader” Nick Leeson.
Wills covered stories in the Americas, including North, South, and Central America. After the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on September 11, he went to the length and breadth of the country to gauge public reaction. He covered Argentina’s economic collapse and spent the 2002 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro reporting on the progress of the ultimately victorious Brazilian national team. He uncovered exclusive evidence of child soldiers serving on the front lines of Colombia’s drug war and covered Brazil’s 2002 presidential election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Willis has also covered the Academy Awards for the past eight years.
David Willis BBC
Furthermore, he also worked as a war reporter. During the 2003 military invasion of Iraq, he was “embedded” with US forces and sent vivid dispatches from the front lines as American Marines battled their way to Baghdad. He miraculously survived an attack by Iraqi Republican Guard members as well as attacks on the marine unit to which he was assigned. His reports were also featured prominently on NPR and ABC News, as well as in a BBC book titled The Battle for Iraq.
He has been assigned to a number of difficult and dangerous follow-up missions in Iraq since the invasion. Wills was invited to join the Reuters Fellowship, which provides study scholarships to senior journalists from around the world each year the same year. He conducted research on the Bush administration’s relationship with the media during a three-month sabbatical as a visiting scholar at Oxford University. His current projects include reporting on Alzheimer’s disease breakthroughs, health issues caused by oil drilling in Colorado, and other longer-form news features.
David Willis Salary|Net Worth
Willis has an estimated salary ranging between $70,000 – $125,000 and has an estimated net worth of $1 Million -$5 Million which he earned from his broadcasting career.
David Willis Social Media Platforms
Wills is very active on social media platforms and has over 1.1k followers on Twitter, 630 followers on Instagram, and over 4k followers on Facebook.