Bill’s thirty-five years plus as a broadcast journalist began at Spokane’s KXLY Radio and Television. Then following a stint as News Director for KPOJ In Portland he joined the news staff of KOMO Radio from which he transferred to KOMO TV where he served as a reporter and anchor of the evening news.

After twenty-five years he was appointed to the Snohomish County Council where he served two terms. In 1994 he was named an Assistant Secretary of Transportation for the State of Washington. He also was president of the Puget Sound Region Council of Governments, co-chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority and a member of the Governor’s High-Speed Rail Steering Committee.

In 2013 Bill was named as Project Ambassador for the Hall Of Radio History at WSU’s Murrow College of Communications

Bill has won 12 Sigma Delta Chi excellence in journalism awards and an Emmy for spot news reporting. He was awarded the Freedom Foundation’s George Washington Medal for public communication in 1991 and has authored two books; Never As It Seems and Seamount. He is presently an Associate Member of the Murrow College Professional Advisory Board.

He lives in Edmonds with his wife Marlene Watson (WSU ’62).