With almost 30 years experience in business television, Bill Griffeth is one of the most respected financial journalists in the country. Best known for his quick wit and his ability to think on his feet, he brings an extensive knowledge of the markets and market history to CNBC's programming. Griffeth is co-anchor of the 3 p.m. ET hour of CNBC's "Closing Bell."
Griffeth was part of the production team that in 1981 started the Financial News Network, the first cable channel devoted to business news. During his ten years there he was nominated for a Cable ACE award as best news anchor for his work anchoring FNN's coverage of the stock market crash of 1987.
In 1991, when NBC purchased FNN, Griffeth joined the CNBC team. He has anchored a number of programs for the network, including Market Wrap, Mutual Fund Investor, The Money Club, and the very popular "Power Lunch," (M-F, 1-2 p.m. ET) which he co-hosted with Sue Herera. Along the way, he garnered 6 more Cable ACE nominations.
Griffeth has always believed that educating viewers about how the markets work is as important as informing them about the latest news. That is why he helped develop CNBC's Student Stock Tournament, an online stock-picking contest designed to teach 4th -12th graders about stocks. More than 40,000 students in the U.S. and parts of Canada participated during the 4 years the tournament was conducted in the 1990's. And the tournament's Web site won the Beacon Award in 1998 for being the Internet's best educational site. And in 2001, upon Griffeth's 20th anniversary in the business, the National Association of Investors Corp. awarded him its Distinguished Service Award in Investor Education.
Griffeth has also written three books to date. His most recent book, By Faith Alone: One Family's Epic Journey Through 400 Years of American Protestantism (Harmony), was published December, 2007. His other two books, Bill Griffeth's Ten Steps to Financial Prosperity (Warner Books), which was published in 1994, and The Mutual Fund Masters (McGraw-Hill), published in 1995, were both Fortune Book Club main selections.
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.
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