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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Positive on purpose.

Birthplace

Born:
5/25/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Positive on purpose.

Birthplace

Born:
5/25/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

As host and producer of WLS-7's 'Chicagoing' and Director of Community Services, Bill Campbell has been bridging the gap between media and community his entire adult career. Born on Chicago's historic South Side, on May 25, 1950, Campbell was surrounded by the arts and sciences. His father was a chemist who graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and his mother was a visual artist who attended the School of the Art Institute along with such notables as Gordon Parks. Campbell fondly recalls his childhood, growing up in a building owned and inhabited entirely by his extended family. Upon graduating from Carleton College in Minnesota with a B.A. in Urban Studies, he worked as a Program Specialist in the Office of the Mayor, and later as the Director of Communications for the Chicago Urban League.

In 1978, Campbell was hired as Director of Community Services and soon thereafter began hosting and producing the popular weekly news magazine show, "Chicagoing". For his work, Campbell has been awarded three Chicago Emmy Awards for Outstanding Editorial Achievement.

Aside from his activities at WLS-TV, Campbell sits on several advisory boards, including the Board of Directors for the National Conference For Community and Justice (NCCJ)-Northern Illinois, and the Cultural Affairs Advisory Board for the City of Chicago. Campbell has been recognized numerous times for his contributions to the community, receiving the Chicago Urban League's Beautiful People Award in 1985; the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award from St. Sabina Church in 1984 and Communications Excellence Award from the Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce in 1988.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Photo - Bill Campbell as infant with "first michrophone"
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Photo - Bill Campbell sitting atop a drum
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Drawing by Bill Campbell as a 5 year old
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Photo - Bill Campbell as a five year old in kindergarten
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Photo - Bill Campbell in preschool at Greater St. John Baptist Church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Photo - Bill Campbell in the fifth grade
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Photo - Bill Campbell in a Bennett Elementary School Christmas play
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Photo - Bill Campbell in the third grade
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Photo - Bill Campbell poses with stuffed puppy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Photo - Bill Campbell plays the sax with college jazz ensemble
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Photo - Bill Campbell with college jazz ensemble
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Photo - Bill Campbell poses with parents and brother Kevin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Photo - Bill Campbell with brother in 1956
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Photo - Bill Campbell's sisters in 1973
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Photo - Bill Campbell with his five nephews
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Photo - Bill Campbell with nieces and nephews
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - Photo - Bill Campbell with nieces and nephews, 1998
  • Tape: 1 Story: 19 - Photo - Bill Campbell with singer Nancy Wilson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 20 - Photo - Bill Campbell's picture from a soup cookbook
  • Tape: 1 Story: 21 - Bill Campbell's slating
  • Tape: 1 Story: 22 - Bill Campbell's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 23 - Bill Campbell talks about his mother and grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 24 - Bill Campbell describes his grandfathers connection with Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 1 Story: 25 - Bill Campbell details his scientist father's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 26 - Bill Campbell discusses his fathers upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 27 - Bill Campbell's paternal grandfather on education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 28 - Bill Campbell talks about his younger sisters and moving to Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 29 - Bill Campbell shares the story of how his parents first met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 30 - Bill Campbell shares more stories from his childhood in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bill Campbell talks about his childhood and siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bill Campbell shares some stories from childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bill Campbell continues and shares his philosophy of "positivity on purpose"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bill Campbell remembers the segregation of Chicago's South Side in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bill Campbell talks about his elementary school and more childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bill Campbell discusses the values he received at home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bill Campbell recalls how meeting Daddy-O Daylie and Bill Cosby changed his life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bill Campbell continues with his story of Daddy-O Daylie and Bill Cosby
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bill Campbell runs into Bill Cosby 20 years later and says Daddy-O Daylie is his hero
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Bill Campbell on God's will and his lifes choices
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bill Campbell describes how he ended up attending Carleton College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bill Campbell recounts his college study abroad in the Ivory Coast
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bill Campbell recounts his near-death experience abroad
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bill Campbell talks about how his near death experience helped him deal with the loss of his mother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bill Campbell on the transition from Chicago to rural Minnesota
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bill Campbell talks about playing the sax and his musical interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bill Campbell continues with stories from his music background
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bill Campbell tells how these collegiate experiences prepared him for his future success
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bill Campbell discusses his transition from college to working for Mayor Richard J. Daley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Bill Campbell talks about an incedent when interning at Illinois Bell
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bill Campbell talks about his experience working for the Mayor's Office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bill Campbell continues to talk about working for the Chicago Urban League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bill Campbell talks about the fortuitous circumstances which led him to Channel 7
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bill Campbell reflects on his years on ABC- Channel 7
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bill Campbell discusses the origins of his talk show- "Chicagoing"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bill Campbell talks about his ABC-Channel 7 jazz group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bill Campbell talks about the family environment at WLS-TV/ABC-Channel 7
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bill Campbell talks more about his talk show "Chicagoing"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Bill Campbell distinguishes his TV format from the typical community affairs program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Bill Campbell discusses avoiding the "public affairs ghetto" on television
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Bill Campbell offers his views on African Americans in broadcast journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Bill Campbell ponders his future in broadcast journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Bill Campbell decides to make the leap from ABC Channel 7
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Bill Campbell shares his views on spirituality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Bill Campbell's hopes for the future and reflections on his legacy