John Beard Biography (News Anchor)
John Beard is an American news anchor and actor based in Buffalo, New York. John was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps in 70’s but adapted to journalism career after his graduation. He first worked at WIVB-TV in Buffalo before working for WXII-TV in North Carolina. He also anchored National newsbreaks in NBC and filled in for Bryant Gumbel on the Today show.
John Beard Age
John was born in 1948 in St. Pauls, North Carolina. He is 71 years old as of 2019.
John Beard Education
John was born in St. Pauls, North Carolina. He graduated from East Carolina University. After school, John worked at WIVB-TV in Buffalo, and at WITN-TV and WXII-TV in his home state of North Carolina.
John Beard Wife
John is single and lives in Santa Monica:
John Beard KNBC-TV
From 1981 to 1993, John was anchor at KNBC-TV. During one of Beard’s newscasts at KNBC a mentally unbalanced viewer, who was the child of newsteam pharmacy specialist Max Stollman, went onto the news set and demanded consumer advocate David Horowitz read the man’s manifesto at gunpoint. Once Horowitz finished reading the paper, the man set the gun down on the desk, at which time John reached over and grabbed the weapon on the desk.
John Beard KTTV
He anchored, with Christine Devine, the 10 PM newscast at KTTV in Los Angeles from December 1993 until September 2007 .
In December 2007 John left KTTV. According to his personal website John was fired despite the highest ratings in the station’s history following years of increasing editorial disagreements with station management, whose audience market research was steering it toward ever more unsubstantial journalism and celebrity fluff.
He had joined KTTV after earlier leaving KNBC for similar reasons, refusing to read misleading news teases and celebrity stories (particularly regarding pop singer Michael Jackson). KNBC management at the time let him out of his contract to go to a “lesser” station, but would not release him to go to channel 2 (KCBS) or channel 7 (KABC), the other two network owned and operated stations in Los Angeles with 11 PM newscasts.
The Fox owned and operated was acceptable because its 10 PM newscast would not compete against KNBC and Beard was considered a great reader by news directors and station general management.
John Beard WGRZ
In Buffalo, John served as anchor for Channel 2 News Daybreak and Midday on WGRZ. While anchor, WGRZ’s morning newscast, Daybreak vaulted into first place in Buffalo’s Nielsen ratings. It was announced on November 1, 2016 that John would be leaving WGRZ at the end of the year. John ultimately stayed over a year longer, with his final newscast airing January 18, 2018.
John Beard Acting work | John Beard Arrested Development
As an actor John has appeared as himself and newscaster roles in television series including the 1994 animated series Spider-Man, 24. His most notable series is Arrested Development (on which he made twenty-four appearances as himself, including the fourth and fifth seasons, which were filmed after he relocated to Buffalo).
John Beard Net Worth
John’s job as news anchor and appearances in movies has helped him amass his net worth. His estimated net worth is around $1.7 million.