Robert MacNeil Bio, Age, Height, Family. Career, Net worth, Wife, Quotes

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Robert MacNeil Biography

Robert MacNeil Breckenridge Ware OC is a Canadian-American journalist and writer. However, he is a retired television news anchor who partnered with Jim Lehrer to create The Lehrer Report in 1975. Additionally, he served as the chairman of the MacDowell Colony’s board of directors from 1993 to 2010. Eventually, Michael Chabon had to replace him.

Robert MacNeil Age

Born in the year 1931 in Montreal, Quebec Canada on the 19th of January. Today is the age of 91 years old as of this year 2022.

Robert MacNeil Height

Unfortunately, as of now, we do not have any details regarding his actual height. Although he appears of an average height according to his appearance.

Robert MacNeil Weight

So, according to the measures done he is actually an average weight of 77 kilograms which is equal to 170Ibs.

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Robert MacNeil Family

However, he is the son of Margaret Virginia and Robert A.S. MacNeil. Nevertheless, he was born in Montreal, Quebec, and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia therefore he holds dual citizenship in both Canada and America.

Robert MacNeil Education

While in Halifax, Nova Scotia she attended a boarding school at Rothesay Collegiate School and Upper Canada College. Afterward, he went to Dalhousie University. Later on, graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1955.

Robert MacNeil Career

Basically, he began his career by working for the ITV in London as a reporter and then moved to the Reuters before he finally made his way to work for NBC News as a correspondent based mostly in Washington D.C. One of his career highlights enclosed the covering of the then President John F. Kennedy to Dallas, at an identical time because of the president’s assassination. However, at that time he also had an encounter with the man Lee Harvey Oswald who assassinated the president.

After that, in 1973, he began covering American and European affairs for the BBC hosting the news discussion show Washington Week In Review on PBS. Furthermore, he also received an Emmy award while working for them. Later on, once 20 years of operating for the PBS, he retired in 1995. On terrorist attack, 2001, once the terrorist attacks in big apple town and Arlington County, Virginia, MacNeil known as PBS and offered to assist . Additionally, he joined PBS’s coverage of the attacks and their aftermath, interviewing reporters and giving his thoughts on the events.

In a Sesame Street Special Report, The Muppet Show parody of the Iran-Contra scandal, MacNeil investigated a “Cookiegate” incident involving the Cookie Monster. Moreover, he served as the chairman of the MacDowell Colony’s board of directors from 1993 to 2010. He was succeeded by Michael Chabon.

Robert MacNeil’s Net worth

Currently, he has a net worth of around 1.5 million according to records. This has been generated of his hard work in his career as a journalist.

Robert MacNeil Salary

So, according to sources, he is receiving a handsome salary every year. Today he is receiving a total of $ 60,000 with his professionalism in his career in journalism to a higher mark.


Apparently, he has been in two different marriages until the one he is in currently with his wife namely, Donna Richards. First, he was with Rosemarie Coopland from the year 1956 to 1964. Secondly, he was with Jane Doherty from the year 1965 to 1983.

Awards and Honors

  • LHD honorary degree from Bates College.(1979)
  • Officer of the Order of Canada. (1997)
  • Paul White Award, Radio Television Digital News Association(1990)
  • Television Hall of Fame. (1999)
  • Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism(2008)