Juan Williams is Panamanian and currently works for Fox News Channel as a political analyst. He was born on April 10, 1954, in a small town in Panama called Colon as the son of his parents Sharon Williams, his mother, and his father Akin Jules Williams, both of Panamanian descent.
Juan Williams Short Bio
Juan attended college at the Oakwood Friends School in New York and graduated in 1972. During his high school years, Will was involved in numerous extracurricular activities. He was editor of the school newspaper, secretary to the student body, and in sports, he was captain of the baseball basketball, and cross-country skiing team.
After graduating high school in 1972, Juan Williams enrolled at Haverford College, where he received a scholarship because of his athleticism. Four years later, he graduated in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He is still very committed to the school and is an active member of the college board. 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 recognized as he has been honored throughout his career with awards such as the Emmy Award and the National Journalist Award.
When he began his career in broadcast journalism at the Washington Post, he wrote a piece in defense of Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court nominee, who was accused of sexual harassment in Anita Hill’s sworn testimony. It turned out that several female Washington Post employees had filed sexual harassment lawsuits against Williams, prompting the newspaper to publish an apology from Williams and take disciplinary action against him.
After Williams left the Washington Post, he joined NPR in 2000, where he served as Senior National Correspondent and host of the daily afternoon talk show, Talk of the Nation. His career at NPR took a disastrous turn when his contract with the station was terminated for making derogatory remarks to Muslims about the O’Reilly Factor. He was quoted as saying, “You see, Bill is not a fanatic”. Analysts said the main reason for Williams’ dismissal was because he made the remarks on Fox News and not on another platform.
Juan Williams is an Emmy winner for his contribution to writing television documentaries. Among the political documentaries that have honored him are Politics: The New Black Power, Civil Rights and the Press Dying for Healthcare and Sedition for Recovery. He is also the author of “Eyes on the Prize”: America’s Civil Rights, 1954-65 and This Far by Faith.
His literary contributions overlap Fortune, GQ, Time Magazine, Ebony Magazine, The New Republic, and The Atlantic Monthly.
Juan Williams’ Net Worth
Williams has a net worth of about $2 million, which is calculated by aggregating his assets, cars, houses, etc.
Family – Wife, Son, Daughter
Juan Williams married just a few years after graduating from college in July 1978 and has been married to his wife Susan Delise for over 40 years.
Juan Williams has three children, a girl, and two boys. The oldest of the three children is their daughter Rae. The two younger children are Antonio (Tony) and Raphael (Raffi). Juan has two grandchildren Pepper and Wesley.
His two sons have chosen a career in public service. Tony was a speechwriter for Republican Senator Norm Coleman. He lost to Tommy Wells in the 2006 race for a seat on the District of Columbia Council.
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 Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Juan Williams Fox News Career
Williams has been an avid Fox News writer since 1997. He has appeared on numerous of the station’s shows and even regularly hosted The Five. He also appeared regularly on The O’Reilly Factor. After he was fired from NPR, Fox News saw an opportunity and presented Williams with a substantial pay raise for a three-year contract worth approximately $2 million. Williams was also given a much larger role in the station.
He’s a regular face on the special report with Bret Baier, FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace.