Bill Blakemore has spearheaded ABC's coverage of global warming, traveling from the tropics to polar regions to report on the impacts and dangers of climate change, as well as possible solutions for it.
Blakemore helped create ABC's new multiplatform exploration of global warming in TV, Internet, podcast, radio and print formats. He began focusing on global warming even as he was finishing his 27-year coverage of the entire papacy of Pope John Paul II. Blakemore was part of the ABC News team that won the duPont-Columbia Award for its live coverage in Rome of John Paul's funeral and his successor's election.
Blakemore has been a reporter for ABC News for more than 35 years, covering a wide variety of stories.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Blakemore reported live from ground zero before the trade towers fell, and in following months from Afghanistan on the Taliban's demise; from Pakistan's Frontier Province on fundamentalist electoral victories; and from Karachi after journalist Daniel Pearl's murder.
In 2003 during the start of the Iraq war, Blakemore reached Baghdad just after Saddam Hussein's statue fell, reported on the subsequent confusion there, and got the first on-camera interview with a chief Iraqi biological weapons scientist. In 2004, he reported from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on the frustrated hunt for al-Qaeda leaders.
Blakemore has covered 12 wars since he joined ABC News. They include the 1991 Gulf War, which he covered in Baghdad, two Arab-Israeli wars, and the Palestinian intifada, the Iranian Revolution, the Black September War in Jordan, the Beirut civil war, the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, and the Indo-Pak Bangladesh war.
Based in New York since 1984, Blakemore has continued to travel widely as a domestic and foreign correspondent covering stories of conflict and politics, the arts, nature and science -- and now global warming and other narratives involving the love-hate relationship between nature and man.
Blakemore was ABC's Vatican correspondent throughout John Paul II's reign. He was ABC's Rome bureau chief for six years, reporting live with Peter Jennings from St. Peter's Square on the day of Pope John Paul's election in 1978.
He traveled on John Paul's plane on most of the pope's 100-plus trips abroad, is author of the Encyclopedia Britannica's major article on John Paul, and has written and reported five documentary specials on him. In addition to those for ABC News, Blakemore wrote and reported the biography, "John Paul, Statesman of Faith," for the Arts and Entertainment network, and, in 2004, an hourlong assessment of John Paul's first 25 years for the New York Times -- Discovery channel.
Overseas, Blakemore has covered six major political assassinations and eight hostage sieges, seven earthquakes, more than a dozen commercial plane crashes, two volcanoes, the long-range effects of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska, as well as Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee, the Marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, and, following the latest Iraq war, the complicated administration of the ruins of ancient Babylon. He once spent a year reporting for ABC Radio while traveling around India by motor scooter. During the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran, he was first to report on the hidden practice of "3rd Party Conflict Resolution."