Fritz Wetherbee Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Net Worth, Books, and Awards

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Who is Fritz Wetherbee?

Fritz Wetherbee is an American New Hampshire writer and television NH Chronicle Host. He is famous because he has been honored with five Emmy Awards. Wetherbee was named after his late grandfather Fred Minot Wetherbee II. Currently, he has his own segment on New Hampshire Chronicle.

He was the news director and general manager of WSCV and WSLE-FM radio stations in Peterborough for 10 years (1975–84). He was the host of New Hampshire Crossroads on Public Television from 1985 to 1995. On New Hampshire Chronicle he has his own section.

Fritz Wetherbee Career

From 1958-1960, he served in the U.S. Army Special Services, placing third in the 1959-1960 All-Army Entertainment Contest of 44,000 acts, and appeared with other troops on the 1959-1960 Ed Sullivan Show. From 1962-1968 he worked for the Monadnock Ledger as a reporter and photographer. His media career started in 1963 as Nathaniel Hawthorn College Theater Production Instructor, and later in 1980 and 1984, he taught Media at Keene State College Media Instructor. From 1969-1975 he worked at New Hampshire PTV as a filmmaker and cinematographer.

He was the general manager and news director at WSLE-WSCV radio from 1976-1984, also serving on All Things Considered as a contributing reporter. From 1986 to 1994 he was a reporter for the Ten O’clock News, WGBH-TV, and in 1990 he was a Chronicle Contributing Talent for WCVB-TV. From 1986 to 2000 he was the host, producer, writer, and editor of the New Hampshire-Crossroads New Hampshire PTV and a storyteller/historian on WMUR TV, 2000–present. He was the Creative Director of Petteway and Partners Advertising from 1984 to 1986.

Career Continuation

Fritz has covered New Hampshire for more than half a century. He has written for newspapers and magazines, done radio commentary and reports, and made films and television shows about his home state. Few people know more about the Granite State. And besides, he is good at what he does. Fritz has been honored with three Emmy Awards. Last year he was given the gold for Outstanding Achievement as On-Camera Talent in the whole of New England for his work on New Hampshire Chronicle.

A photo of Fritz Wetherbee
A photo of Fritz Wetherbee

Over the years he has been a stonemason, tree climber, house painter, in the U.S. Army, college instructor, photographer, cinematographer, newspaper reporter/editor, radio news director, actor, film/video editor, producer, scriptwriter, and advertising agency creative director.

In the early-60s, he was a beatnik and performed his own poetry in coffee houses in New York City. For 10 years (1975-84) he was the news director and general manager of radio stations WSCV/WSLE-FM in Peterborough. From 1985 to 1995 he was the host of New Hampshire Crossroads on Public Television. In 2023, he voiced the character “Fritzy” in the animated short film The Ten Commandments of Banquet Serving. The film is written and directed by fellow New Hampshire writer Griffin “The” Hansen.

How Old is Fritz Wetherbee?

The five Emmy Awards winner is 86 years old as of February 2023, having been born on July 3, 1986, in Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S. Memorial Hospital. Fritz Wetherbee shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Brooklyn Queen, Tom Cruise, Corinne Joy, PartyNextDoor, Jason Genao, and many more.

Fritz Wetherbee Family

Who are Fritz Wetherbee’s Parents?

Wetherbee was born on July 3, 1936, in Memorial Hospital, Nashua, New Hampshire. He was the first child of Frederick Minot and Mary Catherine (née Butler) Wetherbee of Milford, New Hampshire.

Does Fritz Wetherbee Have Siblings?

He is one of five siblings (four boys, and one girl). He is a ninth-generation Yankee (John Wetherbee arrived in Boston in 1765).

Fritz Wetherbee Education

The 5 award winner attended Lawrence Academy, Keene State College.

Fritz Wetherbee Wife

Apparently, he has not yet updated any information about his wife, but from the sources, he has one son, Caleb Addison, born in 1962, and two granddaughters, Sophia and Anna. He stated that his status is in a “committed” relationship with NH Chronicle. He resides in Acworth, New Hampshire.

Fritz Wetherbee Kids

He has one son by the name of Caleb Wetherbee (born in 1962). Moreover, he has two granddaughters, Sophia and Anna.

Fritz Wetherbee Height and Measurements

Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 5ft 8 inches (1.73m) and has unknown weight.

Fritz Wetherbee’s Salary and Net Worth

News on the internet shows that he receives an annual salary of $115,000. And has an estimated net worth of between $1 and $5 million.

Fritz Wetherbee Books

I’ll Tell You the Story: More of Fritz Wetherbee’s New Hampshire: 2006
Fritz: More Stories From New Hampshire Chronicle: 2007
Fritz Wetherbee Milestone: More Stories from Fritz Wetherbee’s New Hampshire: 2012
Taken for Granite: Even More Stories from New Hampshire Chronicle: 2008

Fritz Wetherbee Song

Speak N’Hampsha Like a Native An comic audio recording.

Fritz Wetherbee Writer

Just Up The Road Nine specials, New Hampshire PTV
New Hampshire Remembered, parts I, II, III, New Hampshire PTV
Secrets of the Mt Washington Hotel New Hampshire PTV
Covered Bridges of New England PBS (shown nationally)
Josie Langmaid, The Murdered Maiden Student New Hampshire PTV
University of New Hampshire Centennial History New Hampshire
A Light on the Mountain Funded by Olin Foundation
Grace Metalious and Peyton Place New Hampshire PTV (shown nationally)
Styron, Plimpton, Updike at MacDowell WGBH
Francis Ouimet Story WGBH
Grover Cleveland New Hampshire PTV
MacDowell, an American Artists’ Colony New Hampshire PTV (shown nationally)
Soul of a Woman, the story of Mary Baker Eddy New Hampshire PTV
Furniture Makers of New Hampshire companion to Currier Art Museum Show
Wrote, produced and edited most of his New Hampshire PTV segments and specials

Fritz Wetherbee Emmy

  • 1995 New England Emmy Producer, Public Affairs
  • 1996 New England Emmy Hosting
  • 2004 New England Emmy On-camera talent
  • 2006 New England Emmy Producer, Outstanding historical program
  • 2008 New England Emmy Commentary/editorial

Fritz Wetherbee Awards and Honor

Nominations Ten New England Emmy nominations
Golden Mike Five awards New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters
Bobblehead Doll “Fritz Wetherbee Day” New Hampshire Fisher Cats Baseball 2006
Valley Forge Freedom Medal 1970
National Endowment for the Arts grant 1971

Citizen of the Year, Monadnock Jaycees 1985
New Hampshire Historic Preservation Award 1993
The Museum of Modern Art presented his film* “James B. Conant* New Hampshire, Harvard, and the A-Bomb” 1996.
Media Award, Molly Stark Chapter DAR 2004
History Recognition Award, Souhegan Valley C of Commerce 2007

Community Builder Award, Masonic Lodge #7, Milford, New Hampshire 2007
Granite State Award, Plymouth State University 2009
Doctor of Humane Letters “honoris causa” Rivier College 2009
Doctor of Humane Letters “honoris causa” New England College 2013

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