William-Reeve
William Reeve | Biography

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  • Full Name William Reeve
  • Occupation Journalist
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Massachusetts, USA
  • Birth Date Jun 07, 1992
  • Age 29 Years, 4 Months
ABC News Correspondent, Son of 'Superman' actor Christopher Reeve

William Reeve | Biography

William has been serving as a member board of directors of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation since June 2013

William Reeve was only three years old when his father and 'Superman' actor Christopher Reeve suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury in 1995 from a horseback riding accident. He lost his father in 2004 when he was 11. His mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and died at 44 in 2006, leaving Will as an orphan at 13. But, Dana had already convinced neighbors Ralph and Ann Pucci to adopt Will and become his guardians after her death. Will later said the Pucci family helped him emerge from the darkest phase of his life.


William Reeve is an ABC News Correspondent. He is the son of ‘Superman’ star Christopher Reeve.

Who is William Reeve?

William Reeve, aka Will Reeve, is an American journalist. He has been working as a correspondent for ABC News since November 2018. He formerly worked at ESPN from 2014 to 2018. Before settling a career in journalism, Will had a stint as an actor. He had appeared in television movies In the Gloaming (1997) and The Brooke Ellison Story (2004). He also lent his voice in the 2006 animated feature Everyone’s Hero.

Early Life and Education

Reeve was born on 7 June 1992 in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and grew up on Great Hill Farms Road in Bedford, New York. His father, Christopher Reeve, was an actor best known for playing the title role in the superhero film Superman and his mother, Dana Reeve, was an actress, singer, and activist. Will has two older half-siblings - brother Matthew and sister Alexandra, from his father, Christopher’s previous relationship with Gae Exton.

Will was only three years old when his father suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury in 1995 from a horseback riding accident. He lost his father in 2004 when he was 11. 

Though a non-smoker, his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and died at 44 in 2006, leaving Will as an orphan at 13. Knowing she will die soon, Dana convinced neighbors Ralph and Ann Pucci to adopt Will and become his guardians after her death. Will later said the Pucci family helped him emerge from the darkest phase of his life. 

He attended Rippowam Cisqua School. He then completed high school at Brunswick School in 2010. Later, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature in 2014 from Middlebury College.

Acting Career

The son of a movie star pursued acting as a child actor in a couple of television movies. He made his acting debut appearing in the role of Young Danny in Glenn Close’s 1997 television movie In the Gloaming. He then played the role of Young David in the 2004 biographical television movie The Brooke Ellison Story, based on the 2002 book titled ‘Miracles Happen: One Mother, One Daughter, One Journey,’ co-written by Brook and Jean Ellison. 

In 2006, he voiced the animated character Big Kid for the computer-animated sports comedy film Everyone’s Hero.

Dream Job

After a few acting roles, Will completed his high school, attended college, and subsequently pursued his career in sports journalism. While growing up, Will wanted to become a professional athlete, but he eventually realized that he couldn’t be one. He later figured out that talking about sports on television would be the next best thing to do. “I grew up with ESPN on in the house pretty much 24/7, and my parents were huge sports people. I always dreamed of anchoring SportsCenter,” Will told Bedford & New Cannan magazine in May 2021 while recalling how he developed an interest in broadcast journalism.

Internship

In the summer of 2012, Will got an opportunity to do an internship at Good Morning America. He was assigned to work behind the scenes for GMA. But he found working behind the scenes intoxicating as he always wanted to appear on television to tell stories, write, perform, and entertain people. 

So, he started sticking around late once a week at GMA during his second summer as an intern. He began developing close relationships with a camera crew and stage managers. He would show up with a suit and request the team to stay back an extra 10 minutes. Then he would sit at the anchor desk and have someone run the promoter for him. He managed to make a professional reel and sent it to news organizations. 

Getting a Dream Job

Through many contacts and resumes, he finally got an opportunity to meet ESPN’s head of talent. The meeting ultimately landed him a job at ESPN in October 2014. Will wasn’t a seasoned broadcast professional. He had performed in various roles, including a groundkeeper for a day at Wrigley Field, a cheerleader at Clemson, a bull wrangler at Colorado, an Eagle handler at Auburn, and a ticket taker and pretzel vendor at Michigan. He also joined the band for an Ohio State football game.

In January 2015, he earned a spot on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Sharing his excitement of getting his dream job, Will later recalled, “I thought there was some caveat that I wasn’t getting. The first thing that went through my mind was, ‘Wow, this is big. This is something I’ve always wanted. How often do we get that in life?’ ”

Will worked at ESPN for four years till September 2018. 

ABC News

After ESPN, Will joined ABC News as a correspondent in November 2018. Since then, he has been reporting for ABC News’ all platforms - digital, radio, and linear television.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Recovering from grief afterward of getting paralyzed from an equestrian accident, Will’s father, Christopher, became a disability advocate. Christopher also founded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. He also co-founded the Reeve-Irvine Research Center to help spinal cord injury survivors. 

Will has been serving the foundation as a member board of directors since June 2013. Will’s half-siblings also have been serving as vice-chair of the foundation.

Personal Life

Will has been dating Lexi Henkel.

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