During his 38 years in business television, Bill Griffeth became one of the most respected financial journalists in the country. Best known for his quick wit and ability to think on his feet, he still brings an extensive knowledge of the markets and market history to CNBC’s programming.
Griffeth was part of the production team that, in 1981, started Financial News Network (FNN), the first cable channel devoted to business news. During his 10 years at FNN, he was nominated for a CableACE award as best news anchor for his work anchoring coverage of the stock market crash of 1987.
In 1991, when NBC purchased FNN, Griffeth joined the CNBC team. He anchored a number of programs for the network through the years, including “Market Wrap,” “Mutual Fund Investor,” “The Money Club,” “Power Lunch,” “Closing Bell,” and “Nightly Business Report,” the award-winning evening business news program which CNBC produced for Public Television. Along the way, he garnered six more CableACE nominations.
Griffeth has written four books, “The Stranger in My Genes,” in 2016; “By Faith Alone: One Family’s Epic Journey Through 400 Years of American Protestantism,” in 2007; “Bill Griffeth’s Ten Steps to Financial Prosperity,” published in 1994; and “The Mutual Fund Masters,” in 1995.
Griffeth received his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1980 from California State University, Northridge; in 2000, CSUN honored him with its “Distinguished Alumnus Award.” In 2017, his alma mater awarded him an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.