Bill Hemmer, co-host of Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” reports live on the nation’s most newsworthy events and provides coverage worldwide. From hostage situations to earthquakes, Hemmer has an extensive resume. He has delivered news from Haiti, Fort Hood, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, West Virginia, Baton Rouge and Tallahassee during some of the nation’s most pressing times. Hemmer interviewed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and monitored Fox New Channel’s “Bill Board” during the 2008 primary season, and was stationed at Groud Zero in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Around the world, Hemmer has provided live coverage from locations including London, Iraq, Rome and Vatican City, Jerusalem, Kuwait, and Iran. For the past 10 years Hemmer was an anchor/correspondent at CNN, where he most recently co-hosted “American Morning.” While there, Hemmer also anchored “CNN Live Today” and “CNN Tonight.” Hemmer hails from Cincinnati, but knows New York City like a true native, and continues to keep the nation abreast of top breaking news around the world.
Where were you born ?
Cincinnati. I talk about it so often, I feel like I work for the Chamber of Commerce.
How long in New york:
Nine years. Feels like a lifetime.
Journalist for Fox News Channel.
Gotham Bar & Grill, 12th Street, venerable New York City.
Momoya on 7th Avenue at 21st Street. Affordable, too.
Best Ethnic Food:
It’s Manhattan, everything is ethnic to someone!
Grano Trattoria, in the heart of Greenwhich Village, super-friendly owners.
Best place for late night dining:
With an early morning alarm, I give. But Bill’s Bar & Burger in Meatpacking is open late every night and until 4 a.m. on the weekends. Try the Disco Fries.
Key Lime Pie, anywhere, anytime.
Best place for a romantic date:
Arte. Bobby the Bartender is a true New York character. Ask for the red snapper special.
Best Sunday brunch:
Asiate on the 35th floor of the Time Warner Center.
Soho House, plenty of options.
Best place for a power business meeting:
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. Felix, the manager and Patriots fan, will take care of you.
All-around favorite spot in New york:
My terrace. It has the best view of downtown Manhattan below 9th Street.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park hotel, the perfect location.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Ask my girlfriend.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York.
Favorite Charity Event:
George Knittle Memorial Bayley Place Golf Classic, named after my grandfather, benefiting Bayley Place nursing home in Cincinnati.
Favorite Cultural Event:
People watching on any sidewalk in Manhattan.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Museum of Modern Art, MOMA. “Water Lilies,” Monet, and “The Starry Night,” Van Gogh.
Best Aspect of New york:
At the moment, Minetta Tavern. Get the Roasted Bone Marrow as an appetizer.
Joe’s Pizza of Bleecker Street, there’s always a line and for good reason.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, across the street from Fox.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
LA PALESTRA Center for Preventative Medicine at Central Park West. Ask for Doctor Rob, he’s a miracle worker.
Keisy on 9th Street. Affordable, solid.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
First Corporate Sedans. They drive everyone at Fox.
Same as above.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Brooklyn Bridge, especially the elevated pedestrian walkway as a tour for visitors.