Leading financial journalist, author and genealogy buff Bill Griffeth, will welcome Cento Amici's 2016-17 scholarship recipients at the organization's annual Spring Dinner on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Alfie's Ristorante in Warren, NJ.
Currently co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” televised live from the New York Stock Exchange, Griffeth, a New Jersey resident, is one of the country’s longest-serving and most respected financial journalists, with almost 30 years’ experience in business television. He began covering Wall Street in 1982 on the Financial News Network (FNN). During his 10 years at FNN, he was nominated for a Cable ACE award as best news anchor for his work anchoring coverage of the stock market crash of 1987. He joined CNBC in 1991 and has anchored a number of programs.
Griffeth is also the unofficial historian of his family and author of four books including “The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir,” his story about how a simple DNA test complicated his life.
“I look forward to meeting the students and sharing some insight on my TV career,” said Griffeth, who said he will also talk about the “infamous DNA test that told me my father was not my father, the difficult decisions I had to make when confronted with my past, and why I decided to tell my story.”
Since 2003, Griffeth’s hobby has been genealogy, and he has traveled tens of thousands of miles in the U.S. and Europe researching his and his wife’s family histories. The DNA result meant that the family tree he had spent years documenting was not his own. His desire to find the truth and his journalistic instincts took him on a journey to solve his mystery.
“Bill’s remarkable career in business journalism, combined with his courageous personal story, will be fascinating for our scholarship recipients,” said Robert Zito, the founder and president of Cento Amici, a Hunterdon County resident. “This will be an evening when our recipients can network with our members and gain amazing insight from a respected journalist.”
Cento Amici raises funds for scholarships in New Jersey. The evening’s honored guests will be this year's Cento Amici scholarship recipients from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Montclair State University, Union County College, St. Peter’s Prep, St. Anthony High School, and Roselle Catholic High School.
Cento Amici is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based, member organization dedicated to providing need-based scholarship assistance to qualified students in New Jersey. Its mission is to enhance the educational opportunities for those who need it most and who are most underserved by existing need-based programs.
For ticket information, please visit the organization's website: www.centoamici.org