Bill Kurtis has produced investigative reports for the A&E Network, as well as documentaries for the History Channel, National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Channel.Î¾ That's after many years with CBS News.Î¾ Kurtis is also a cattle rancher and founder of Tallgrass Beef Company.Î¾ He's championing the environmental and health benefits of grass-fed cattle ranching.
"Investigative reporting gives me sort of access to the knowledge, and then turning that information into a real commodity.Î¾ I think it's real interesting.Î¾ You know, I'm 68, so I've done almost everything in the business.Î¾ I'm looking either for the next big story or documentary that I can do, or start a new business.Î¾ Maybe I'm a serial entrepreneur!"
Kurtis isn't new at starting up a business.Î¾ He began a media production company after his years as a reporter and news anchor.
"I did 30 years with CBS and wanted to do documentaries and realized that they were shutting down documentary departments at the networks.Î¾ To be able to make it as an entrepreneur, producing, again, a product for which there was no market at the time, you have to be a businessman.Î¾ And I found that I was interested in the principles of business.Î¾ I would read my little books, and fortunately I knew some people in the business, and hooked up with A&E in 1990."Î¾
Kurtis speaks Thursday night at the 9th annual Rice Alliance kick-off at the Jones Graduate School.Î¾Î¾
Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.