Willie Geist is an American television personality and journalist, who serves as the correspondent for NBC News and NBC Sports. Moreover, he appears as a co-anchor of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and anchor of Sunday Today with Willie Geist.
Willie Geist Family, Early Life
William Russell Geist was born on 3rd May 1975 to parents Bill Geist and Jody Geist in Evanston, Illinois. His father is a retired author, columnist, and television journalist. He is a two-time recipient of Emmy Award in 1992 and 2005 and even received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. Similarly, his mother Jody is a social worker. He has a younger sister named Libby Geist.
The 6 foot 4 inch Geist attended George Washington Middle School Ridgewood, New Jersey and then Ridgewood High School. Meanwhile, he graduated from the Vanderbilt University at the age of 22 in 1997.
Career; NBC, MSNBC
Willie started his career as an editor and producer for a sports network, CNN Sports Illustrated. He then worked as a field producer and reporter for CNN Sports, covering the Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, and The Masters.
Afterward, he began co-hosting 6–9 a.m. on MSNBC. He became NBC News correspondent in 2011 and subsequently became NBC Sports contributor in 2012. Moreover, he contributed to NBC Sports and NBC News’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. As of now, he co-anchors MSNBC’s Morning Joe and anchors Sunday Today with Willie Geist. In addition, he serves as a fill-in anchor on both the weekday edition and the Saturday edition of Today show.
Net Worth, Salary
The veteran journalist has garnered the remarkable fortune from his media career. He receives the big earnings from his stint to NBC and MSNBC.
Giest earns the yearly salary of $5 million that makes his net worth of $12 million. Moreover, he owns a lavish house in South Salem in New York, which he bought for $1.8 million in 2014.
Willie is currently married to his middle-school sweetheart Christina Sharkey. The couple first met while attending George Washington Middle School and started dating. They tied the wedding knot on 24 May 2003 during a ceremony held in Humacao, Puerto Rico.
Willie Geist and his wife Christina are the parents of two children (Picture: People)
Christina, aged 44 is an owner of two businesses and an author of children’s books. Her book Sorry Grown-Ups, You Can’t Go To School! (2019) was listed #4 on The New York Times Bestseller list. They firstly welcomed a daughter named Lucie Joy Geist on 14 June 2007. Later, Christina gave birth to a son named George William Geist on 8 July 2009.
Some Interesting Facts About Willie Geist
- Will and his father Bill wrote a book named Good Talk, Dad in 2014, which appeared on The New York Times bestseller list.
- His sister Libby serves as Vice President & Executive Producer on ESPN Films. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s in Political Science in 2002.
- While in high school, he played basketball and was the quarterback on the football team.