Bill Ritter  | ABC7 WABC News Team
Bill Ritter started at Eyewitness News in June, 1998, anchoring weekends while working full time Monday through Friday for ABC News and 20/20 as a correspondent.

He started anchoring the 11 p.m. newscast on Eyewitness News in October, 1999, succeeding the great Bill Beutel, and then added the 6 p.m. newscast in February, 2001.

He has covered, for Eyewitness News and ABC News, the big and important events since 1992 when he joined ABC as founding co-host of "Good Morning America/Sunday."

Earlier in his career Bill, a native of Los Angeles, reported on the Rodney King trial and the subsequent Los Angeles riots for the Fox Television Network. From August 1991 through February 1992 Ritter also served as a reporter for the Fox Network's nationally syndicated show Entertainment Daily Journal (E.D.J.); and from February 1990 to August 1991 was an investigative reporter for KTTV-TV (Fox Television) in Los Angeles. He also was an anchor for the station's Gulf War coverage.

He began his television career as a business and then investigative reporter for KNSD-TV (NBC affiliate) in San Diego from February 1987 to January 1990.

Bill began his career in print journalism in 1972. He served as a reporter and then business editor of the San Diego County edition of The Los Angeles Times from February 1984 to January 1987. He also worked as a reporter and editor for the San Diego Business Journal from June 1980 to January 1984.

Additionally, Ritter served as a board member and then chairman of Crash, Inc., a non-profit drug education and prevention organization in San Diego, from 1980 to 1990. He also was on the San Diego State University Business School advisory board in 1984 and 1985.

Ritter attended San Diego State University from 1968-1972. He was kicked out of school for demonstrating against the Vietnam War. Forty years later he went back to college, graduating from The New School in May, 2016.

Bill's Stories
Up Close for 5/19/24: FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh and George Stephanopoulos from ABC News
FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh joins us to discuss the crackdown on lithium-ion batteries, plus George Stephanopoulos previews his new book.
Up Close 5/12/24: MTA Chairman Janno Lieber talks congestion pricing, lawsuits to block it
In this edition of Up Close, we're joined by MTA Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber, who discusses the controversial congestion pricing plan that's set to go into effect in less than two months.
Up Close: Amid pushback, sponsors of House antisemitism bill defend proposed legislation
In this edition of Up Close, we speak with two of the sponsors behind a new House of Representatives bill broadening the definition of antisemitism.
Up Close: Going one-on-one, Mayor Adams addresses unrest at NYC college campuses
In this edition of Up Close, we go one-on-one with Mayor Eric Adams, who talks about the demonstrations that started at Columbia University and spread across the city.
Up Close: Major development in New York City squatter case
Up Close: Criminal charges are filed against a man featured in a 7 On Your Side squatter investigation who prosecutors say not only took over a home, but also rented out rooms.
Bill Ritter remembers the O.J. Simpson case
I remember the call, and remember not being surprised by the marching orders from my executive producer at Good Morning America. "Get to Los Angeles. Today."
Up Close: Bail reform and the murder of a New York City police officer
Up Close: The recent murder of now NYPD Det. Jonathan Diller is stirring controversy over bail reform. Bronx DA Darcel Clark joins to discuss recent crime and continued gun violence in New York City.
Up Close: MTA approves congestion pricing. Here's why the toll could still die
Up Close: MTA approved its congestion-pricing plan, a toll to drive below 60th Street in Manhattan, the first of its kind for any city in the country. We talk to several officials, including former NY Gov. David Patterson, about the plan.
Up Close: Why New York's squatter issue is more complicated than you think
Up Close dives into the growing squatter dilemma in New York City, and what's being done to solve it.
Up Close: Lessons learned from the COVID-19 lockdown, 4 years later
Up Close: Four years ago this weekend, New York City shut down, all to try to stop the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. What lessons did we learn from lockdown?