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December 07, 2022
@ 1:00 pm ET
Careers in Broadcasting & Aviation
Willard Shepard

Five-time Emmy award-winning journalist, attorney, and Gulf War Fighter Pilot Willard Shepard has brought his unique insight to NBC 6 viewers as an anchor and investigative reporter for more than two decades. He has anchored the 5 p.m., 5.30 p.m., and weekend editions of the NBC 6 News. Shepard, a member of the Florida Bar, uses his legal skills to develop broadcasts on police reforms, law enforcement policies and procedures—a focus before and after the death of George Floyd. His consumer investigations uncover fraud, and reveal progressive innovations in private business and government. His reports also show families how to protect their daily travels, finances, home, credit, and health during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the 2020 Presidential campaign, he not only delivered the views of the candidates for the White House, but brought insightful reports on the legal challengers that followed. An expert in the military and aviation, Shepard uses his combat experience to guide viewers through the ongoing threats at home and abroad, including the war in Ukraine. He gives the public an inside look at the federal, state, and local efforts to keep America safe. His work detailing anti-terror efforts underwater to protect ports and cruise ships earned him an Emmy award. During the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, his military background brought a detailed perspective on the battlefront. He has also covered military conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo. He has guided viewers through the return of Boeing’s 737 Max to service after two fatal accidents. In addition to his commitment to news, Shepard was a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force and Reserve. His A-10 squadron was the first Air Force Reserve fighter unit ever to go into combat. During the Gulf War, Shepard flew 52 combat sorties over Iraq and Kuwait. He was awarded six Air Medals for his support of Coalition Army Ground Forces. Shepard has also flown missions over Bosnia for NATO. He was the first Air Force pilot to openly fly the Soviet Mig-29 fighter. As a staff officer, Lt. Colonel Shepard examined air operations programs in the U.S. Southern Command. Shepard is a graduate of the Florida International University College of Law and specializes in media and aviation legal issues. Shepard graduated cum laude from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Theater. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in San Antonio, Texas, and a finalist for the prestigious White House Fellowship program.

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