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: Sen. Bob Menendez of NJ on the impeachment trial
On this week's Up Close I asked one of the Senators who will be one of the jurors, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, if it is a foregone conclusion that President Trump won't be forced out of office.
Up Close: Rep. Peter King on impeachment
One Republican who will vote against impeachment is Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island, who is retiring at the end of the year. He joins us on this week's Up Close.
Be Kind: Rockland County police department pays off school kids' lunch debt
Members of the Suffern, New York police donated $1,500 to RP Connor Elementary school.
Be Kind: Ballet student creates program that brings joy, dance for kids in hospitals
Naiomi Bielak is studying full time at the Joffrey Ballet School in Greenwich Village. She started the program "Smiles for All."
Up Close: Outgoing NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill
The man who was NYPD Commissoner for the past 39 months and is now in his final week, James O'Neill, is our guest on Up Close this week.
Up Close: Rep. Eliot Engel of NY on impeachment hearings
This week on Up Close, we talk with Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee.
Up Close: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
Joining us on Up Close is the 56th governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, who discusses last week's elections in the state, the future of legalizing marijuana, and national politics.
Up Close: Rep. Adriano Espaillat on the impeachment inquiry
This week on Up Close, we discuss that and more with second term Democratic congressman from New York, Adriano Espaillat.
Up Close: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
After dropping out of the presidential race in August, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is back in the Senate full-time, fighting the policies of President Trump and pushing her agenda.
Up Close: Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey
On this week's Up Close, we begin with Senator Bob Menedez of New Jersey, the leading Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.