Juan Williams is a Panamanian currently working for Fox News Channel as a political analyst. He was born on the 10th of April 1954 in a small town in Panama called Colon, to his parents Sharon Williams his mother, and his father Akin Jules Williams who are both of Panamanian descent.
Juan Williams Bio
Juan attended college at the Oakwood Friends School in New York and graduated in 1972. In his high school days, Will was involved in numerous extra-curricular activities. He was the editor of the school’s newspaper, clerk of the student body and in sports, he was the captain of the baseball basketball, and cross-country teams.
Upon graduation from High School in 1972, Juan Williams enrolled for college at Haverford College where he got a scholarship because of his sportsmanship. He graduated four years later with a baccalaureate in Philosophy in 1976. He is still very involved in school matters and is an active member of the Board of Managers at the College. He shows his humane side as he is an active member of the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Rights Coalition.
His hard work, discipline, and dedication have been acknowledged as he has been given awards such as Emmy Award and the National Journalist Award during the course of his career.
When his career in broadcast Journalism first began at the Washington Post, he wrote a post defending Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas who was being accused of sexual harassment with the sworn Testimony of Anita Hill, it turned out that several female employees at The Washington Post had filed sexual harassment suits against Williams which led the paper to publish an apology by Williams and take disciplinary action against him.
After Williams left The Washington Post, he moved on to join the NPR in 2000 and served as a Senior National Correspondent and host of the daily afternoon talk show Talk of the Nation. His career at the NPR took a devastating turn when his contract with the station was terminated for making derogatory remarks towards Muslims on The O’Reilly Factor. He was quoted saying “Look Bill am not a bigot”. Analysts suggested that the main reason Williams was fired was that he made the remarks on Fox News as opposed to making them on any other platform.
Juan Williams is an Emmy winner for his contribution to Television documentary writing. The political documentaries to his credit include Politics: The New Black Power, Civil Rights, and The Press, Dying for Healthcare, and Riot to Recovery. He is also the author of Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954–65 and This Far by Faith.
His writing contributions cut across; Fortune, GQ, Time Magazine, Ebony Magazine, The New Republic, and The Atlantic Monthly.
Fox News Career
Williams has been an avid contributor to Fox news since 1997. He has appeared on numerous shows on the channel and even co-hosted regularly the show The Five. He also appeared regularly on the show The O’Reilly Factor. After he was let go by NPR, Fox News saw an opportunity and handed Williams a substantial raise on a three-year contract worth around $2 million. Williams was also handed a much bigger role at the channel.
He is a regular face on Special Report with Bret Baier, FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
Juan Williams’ Net Worth
Williams has a net worth of about $2 million which is calculated by the aggregation of his assets, cars, houses, etc
Family – Wife, Son, Daughter
Juan Williams got married just a couple of years after graduating college in July 1978. He has been married for over 40 years to his wife Susan Delise.
Juan Williams has three children, a girl, and two boys. The eldest of the three kids is their daughter Rae. The two younger kids are Antonio (Tony) and Raphael (Raffi). Juan has two grandkids, Pepper and Wesley.
His two sons have chosen a career path in public service. Tony was a speechwriter for Republican Senator Norm Coleman. He lost to Tommy Wells in 2006, in the race for a seat on the Council of the District of Columbia.
Juan’s second son Raffi was the Communications Director for Michigan Republican Dan Benishek’s successful 2012 congressional campaign and is currently press secretary to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.