Specializes in: Technology, China, broadcast
Bill Marcus has been a national reporter covering New England for Fox News Radio since June, 2014.
In October, 2007 he began producing, voicing, and gathering daily reports on breaking news and everyday life in China and East Asia for Fox News Radio. In 2008 he covered the Beijing Summer Olympics for Fox News Radio.
After returning to the U.S., in 2009, he reported for NPR from the northeastern United States. Later that year he was back in China.
In 2010 Fox TV, France 24 TV, and PRI’s The World began carrying his reporting. That same year he covered two international sporting events for the French wire service AFP.
In 2012 he returned home to work at Fox News Radio in New York.
Marcus began his broadcast career in 1980 in his home town of Greenburgh, New York, on WFAS, White Plains, as an editor, anchor, beat reporter, and public affairs talk show host. Two years later, at age 22, he began reporting from the New York State Capitol in Albany for WABC-AM TalkRadio 77, New York, WNEW-AM, New York, and the AP Radio Network.
At 24 Bill was a regular contributor from Albany to news broadcasts on National Public Radio, the Mutual Broadcasting System, and the ABC and CBS radio networks. His feature work was aired on AP Radio. From 1982-1986 he also wrote a regular political column, “Dateline: Albany,” for three weekly Westchester newspapers.
His print career began at age 17 when, as a high school senior, he was published in The New York Times. His article, “The Motor Vehicle Torture,” was a criticism of the Westchester Department of Motor Vehicles. In 1990, also in The New York Times, he correlated a lack of social tolerance in the New York City suburbs with the skyrocketing HIV infection rate there in “For Gay People, Out of Sight, Out of Life.” Both articles resulted in administrative reform.
Bill’s first articles about China were published in 1995 after he visited Beijing, Guangdong Province, and Hong Kong. At the time he was reporting for The Record of Troy, N.Y.
In 2002 Bill moved to Shanghai. The following year his live, unscripted conversations with host Fred Dicker on the Fred Dicker Show earned him a nominal designation as the show’s Shanghai correspondent. His contributions soon after began appearing in the Oriental Morning Post and The Times-Union, of Albany, NY.
Between 2003 and 2010, as a Shanghai-based economics and business journalist, Bill wrote for IDG’s Computerworld and Chief Marketing Officer magazines, Ziff Davis’ CIO Insight, Crain Communications’ Ad Age China, SourceMedia’s CardLine Asia-Pacific, the Shanghai Business Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Toledo Blade, American Public Media’s Marketplace, and WAMU, Washington.
His byline also appeared in The Independent and Shanghai Daily.
Bill Marcus has also had business by-lines in Capital District Business Review and The Saratogian. From 1993-1996, he covered local government, schools, the courts, and police for The Record of Troy, NY. In 1985 for the AP Radio Network he was the first to reveal secret legislative consideration of banking and insurance industry consolidation in New York. In 1986, his political reporting helped win the now defunct Greenburgh Inquirer an award for local coverage.
While working as a lobbyist for the New York City Board of Education from 1986-1988, he shepherded into law an act that converted the dormant school savings accounts of depression-era school children into a three-quarter million dollar college scholarship program for disadvantaged youth. As a program analyst for the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Election Law from 1988 to 1991, he initiated the youth voter education sections of Chapter 90 of the laws of 1991 and regulatory reforms in nursing home balloting.
In 1989, as Chairman of the Greater Westchester Human Rights Fund, he negotiated the creation of the office of liaison to the gay and lesbian community by Republican-Conservative Westchester County Executive Andrew P. O’Rourke.
In addition to his work with the Greater Westchester Human Rights Fund, Bill was also president of the SUNY Purchase Alumni Association, an elected member of both the Westchester and Albany County Democratic Committees and a founding member and later executive producer of a weekly news and opinion show on WRPI, in Troy.
In 1998 Mr. Marcus graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a Masters of Arts in social studies education. SUNY Albany awarded him a Bachelors of Arts in 1984. From 1997 to 2002 he taught Economics, Participation in Government, and Writing in the public high schools of New York’s Capital District. In 2003 he earned a certificate in Mandarin Chinese from Fudan University.
He is a former lecturer in the Department of Foreign Language and Literature at Fudan University where he specialized in American Culture and Spoken English.
Today, in addition to his work in broadcast journalism, Mr. Marcus is also a consultant to the Startalk initiative of the National Foreign Language Center which is based at the University of Maryland, a voice-over actor, and a regular contributor to both The Times-Union and Computerworld.
Last updated: 10/18/2016 ()