Bill Proctor joined WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 in May 1980 as a general assignment reporter. Currently in his 33rd year with Channel 7, Proctor is an investigative reporter for the Action News Team.
Proctor was honored in 1999 with a Best Coverage Award for breaking news by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Proctor is the recipient of many other awards including Outstanding Media Award in 1983 by Michigan's Crime Prevention Association, the Ed King Memorial Award and the Golden Quill Award in 1979. In October 1983, he served as reporter for Channel 7's Anonymous Witness crime prevention program, winner of the 1983 "Outstanding Media Award" from Michigan's Crime Prevention Association. A former police officer for the Federal Protective Service in Washington, D.C., Proctor highlighted two or three unsolved crimes during each program, which aired twice a week.
A highlight of Proctor's career at WXYZ-TV was the coverage of the Alberta Easter hostage crisis at the Bungalow Motel in Inkster in July 1987. He was the first reporter to actually talk to Easter by phone during the standoff. Proctor secured a cease-fire where the police officers were being held.
Prior to coming to Detroit, Proctor worked for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh where he served as weekend anchor. Previously, he was a weekend anchor at WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri and at WAVY-TV in Norfolk, Virginia.
Proctor is active in many local charities, including the Rainbow Connection for children with life-threatening illnesses, the Special Olympics, the Salvation Army, the March of Dimes, the Arthritis Foundation and the Catholic Social Services. In addition to his passion for these non-profit organizations, Proctor founded one of his own. “Proving Innocence” is a group that is devoted to fighting for the freedom exoneration of the wrongfully convicted in prison.
A native of Washington D.C., Proctor received a degree in sociology and corrections from the University of Maryland.
A sports enthusiast, he enjoys racquetball, basketball, boxing, tennis and works out in his spare time. Proctor has three children and two grandchildren and resides in Oakland County with his wife Miranda.
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