Juan Williams Wiki (Bio, Age, Salary, Net Worth, Family, Kids)
Juan Williams is a dual citizen of Panama and America. His work as a journalist has taken him to the post of political analyst for Fox News Channel, leaving him with a net worth of $2 million. His work has been featured in several newspapers like the Washington Post, and The New York Times as well as the Wall Street Journal, many of which he still writes for.
His full name being Juan Antonio Williams, he has used the pen name in several publications like The Atlantic Monthly, and Times. He has also taken part as an editorial writer and has also served as a White House correspondent, as well as being a national correspondent.
Williams has authored several books including Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years- 1954-1965, which was published in 1987. This book was added to a documentary series that talks about the civil rights movement. Later in 2000, he published Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary, which was an in-depth biography of Thurgood Marshall, a judge of Supreme Court of the University States, who was the first black American man to serve in this position.
Later, in 2006, he wrote Enough (2006), which was about black leaders in America. Williams used the book to critic these leaders as inspiration from one of Bill Cosby’s speeches.
Early Life and Education
Born in Colon, Panama, Williams was the child of both Alma Geraldine and Rogelio L. Williams. His father, a West Indie, and his mother a Panamanian were both fluent Spanish speakers. They both migrated to the United States, with William’s two siblings, when William was four years old. After leaving Panama using a banana boat, the family became a resident of Brooklyn, New York. Later, William became a recipient of an award to become a student at Oakwood Friend School, Poughkeepsie, New York.
At Oakwood, Williams participated in different activities. There, he served as an edition of the student newspaper, captained baseball teams and different basketball teams including cross-country as well as the championship. After his 1972 graduation from Oakwood, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College, where he studied philosophy.
The Washington Post
William was a writer at The Washington Post for 23 years.
He had a scandal after days his column was written in defense of the Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, who was also facing a charge against Anita Hill for sexual harassment. Williams’ scandal turned out to be a revelation that several female employees, who were also co-workers at the Washington Post, brought up charges of sexual harassment against him.
Williams was disciplined by the paper, which also published his apology letter on November 2, 1991, where he stated how sincerely sorry he was. He used the medium to express how he came to realize most of them were offended and that he was sincerely sorry.
National Public Radio
In 2000, William became a member of NPR, where he anchored the daily afternoon talk show tagged Talk of the Nation. Later, he became the senior national correspondent for NPR. He faced another scandal in 2010 after he was disavowed by Vivian Schiller, the President, also the CEO, of NPR. This went as a request to Fox News, which was directed that Williams should no longer be regarded as an NPR host because of his comment on The O’Reilly Factor, where he commented on Michelle Obama’s, Stokel Carmicheal. According to NPR Ombudsman, Alicia Shepard, William speaks in different ways whenever he is at NPR and Fox.
Williams stopped working with NPR on October 20, 2010, the third day after his comment, which not only focused on the First lady but also a controversial issue of the Muslims. NPR terminated his contract because of the inconsistency of his statement with their editorial standards and practices, which has dented his position as their news analyst. While commenting on the termination, Vivian Schiller, the President, and CEO of NPR stated that his termination was as a result of his personal public position on those controversial issues, seeing that he was a news analyst.
Some observers opined that Williams was penalized because he commented on Fox News. Also talking on the issues, another observer, William Saletan of State.com likened Williams to Shiley Sherrod, whose words were also misconstrued as racism, and led to the loss of her job. The only difference this time was that Williams’s major victimization came from the liberals as against the conservatives that took their stance against Sherrod. Saletan explained that William’s statement might have been taken out of context, William as trying to give reasons Muslims shouldn’t be blamed for the terrorist activities carried out by Muslim extremists. After the termination, Willaima and others criticized NPR for their double standards since they refused to terminate some other analyst, who has also made opinionate statements.
Fox News Channel
Since 1997, Williams has been contributing to Fox News, where he had appeared at different shows including being a regular co-host of The Five and a guest host of The O’Reilly Factor. After the termination of his work from NPR, Fox News made him a better offer of a $2 million contract that lasted for three years, which also saw the expansion of his roles at the network.
William later used this platform to express his thought about NPR’s decision. He believes the decision was mainly because he had been appearing on Fox News.
William is married to Susan Delise and three children- Rae(daughter), Anotonio (son), and Raphael (Son). He has worked in different capacity including being a Senate page and Intern for GOP Senator Strom Thurmond.
Williams is worth $2 million and has won several awards alongside the honorary doctorates from both Haverford College and the State University of New York. He has also won the 1082 Columnist of the Year from the Washingtonian. Also, he won an Emmy Award in 1989. Alongside these, his book also became the Best National Book by Time, and he won the political commentary Award organized by the American Association of University Women.