Michigan Broadcasting Community Mourns the Loss of the Legendary Bill Bonds
Bill Bonds was best known as the iconic news anchor for WXYZ-TV (Detroit) for more than 25 years. A Detroit native and University of Detroit graduate, Bonds was also a reporter for WKNR-AM, WCAR-AM, WPON-AM and WQTE-FM. WXYZ-TV hired Bonds in 1963. He and the station came to prominence for the coverage of the 1967 riots in Detroit. As a result, KABC-TV, Los Angeles hired Bonds in 1968 to help launch their Eyewitness News.
In 1971 Bonds returned to WXYZ-TV where he sat as news anchor until 1995 when he made the move to rival station, WJBK-TV. In 1999, Bonds retired his news desk position. However, he kept busy as a freelance writer and radio and television commercial talent until his passing.
Throughout his career, his commentaries and anchoring won more Emmys than any other anchor in the country. His commentaries were thought provoking, sometimes controversial, and more frequently a marvelous mix of both.
Bonds’ career has been highlighted with numerous local and national awards including the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Governor's Award, NATAS Silver Circle Award, and and induction into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2010. Bonds was referred to by Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic, Ron Powers, as one of the six most influential news anchors in the country.
Bonds remained one of Detroit’s most recognized broadcast personalities up until his passing on December 13.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen and his loving children, John C. Bonds, Kristine (Greg Swan) Bonds, and Mary (Gregory Hancock) Bonds. He is also survived by his brother Robert J. Bonds, Joanne Bonds, and many nieces and nephews. Bill is preceded in death by his daughter, Joan Bonds.
Visitation Thursday, December 18, 1pm to 8pm, Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1328 N. Crooks Road, Clawson, MI. There will be a sharing of memories service, Thursday at 7:30pm.
Funeral, Friday, December 19, 11am, Holy Name Catholic Church, 630 Harmon, Birmingham, MI 48009.
Memorials appreciated to Focus Hope Foundation, 1355 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48238, the Michigan Humane Society, Detroit Center for Animal Care, 7401 Chrysler Drive, Detroit, MI 48211, and the Alzheimer’s Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, STE 100, Southfield, MI 48033