Bill, a five-time Emmy Award nominee and former broadcast editor for the Associated Press, is a member of the Arizona Broadcasters Association’s Class of 2015 Hall of Fame inductees, with the ceremony scheduled for Oct. 15.
Bill, time to share:
I have deep roots in radio. I have served as news director at stations in Las Vegas, Nev., Visalia, Calif., and Sierra Vista, Ariz. In 2010, I formed Bill Buckmaster Communications LLC which produces "Buckmaster."
My nearly 50-year career in communications also includes television anchor positions at KICU-TV in San Jose-San Francisco and KUAT-TV in Tucson, where I hosted the iconic Arizona PBS news and public affairs program "Arizona Illustrated" for 23 years. I have interviewed more than 5,000 newsmakers and am proud to have earned the reputation as Tucson's most trusted voice for news and information.
I am very honored and grateful to be recognized by this award. I have been fortunate to receive several other honors, including the 2011 Golden Mic Award from American Advertising Federation, Silver Circle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science and The Citizen Medal, Pima County's highest civilian honor. I even have the rare honor of having my name on an asteroid, "20084 Buckmaster," which orbits between Mars and Jupiter.
I’m a Wildcat with an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
My wife Ann and I are avid travelers, having visited all 50 states and 100 countries.