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(born William Horton Kuretich; September 21, 1940) is an American television journalist, producer, narrator, and news anchor. Kurtis was born in Pensacola, Florida to Wilma Mary (Horton; 1911–2002) and William A. Kuretich, of Croatian origin (1914–2001), a Marine Corps general and decorated veteran of World War II. His father's military career resulted in extensive travel for the family.
When they settled down, he was raised in Independence, Kansas. At 16, Kurtis began working as an announcer for KIND-AM, a commercial station in Independence, Kansas, of which he is currently a part owner. He graduated from The University of Kansas with a B.S. in journalism in 1962 and went on to earn his J.D. from the Washburn University School of Law. Devoted to his home state, Bill Kurtis has invested in several businesses there and operates a ranch near the town of Sedan.
Commitment to conservation, he serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Foundation. He is the current host of A&E crime and news documentary shows, including Investigative Reports, American Justice, and Cold Case Files. Previously, he anchored CBS Morning News, and was the longtime anchor at WBBM-TV, the CBS owned-and-operated TV station in Chicago (a role to which he has recently returned).