Bianca Hillier

Reporter

The World

Bianca Hillier is a reporter for The World.

Bianca Hillier is a reporter and producer for The World. She also is the producer and host of The World's daily smart speaker show called "The Number in the News," which is available on Amazon and Google devices. Before coming to The World, Bianca worked in television at CBS News and NBC News in New York City.

Argentinian players celebrate after winning penalty shootout during the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. 

Argentina hailed World Cup champions after dramatic win

After more than 120 minutes of play, Argentina beat France in penalty kicks in an extraordinary match on Sunday at this year’s World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

Argentina hailed World Cup champions after dramatic win
Repair Together hosts a clean-up rave in Ivanivka, Chernihivska oblast.

Clean-up raves invite volunteers to dance and rebuild together in Ukraine

Clean-up raves invite volunteers to dance and rebuild together in Ukraine
New Zealand singer and songwriter Lorde attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" exhibition on Sept. 13, 2021, in New York City.

It’s ‘huge for our language’: Lorde’s new Māori-language EP strikes a chord with NZ's Indigenous community

It’s ‘huge for our language’: Lorde’s new Māori-language EP strikes a chord with NZ's Indigenous community
Sakura Yosozumi is shown wearing a red shirt and purple helmet while skateboarding down a wall with "Tokyo 2020" painted on it.

Japan continues to dominate in skateboarding at the Olympics

Japan continues to dominate in skateboarding at the Olympics
Athing Mu is shown mid-stride on the track in blurred motion.

Athing Mu races to gold in Tokyo, makes US Olympic history

Athing Mu races to gold in Tokyo, makes US Olympic history
The Belgian men's team wears blue shirts during a tug of war competition.

Sports of Olympic past: Where are they now?

Securing a spot at the Olympics isn’t a lifelong promise. The International Olympic Committee has cut sports like plunge-for-distance, tug of war and rope climbing out of the Games, but competitions have continued outside the Olympic ring.

Sports of Olympic past: Where are they now?
Naomi Osaka, in a tennis hat and ponytail, puts her hand on her head

Japan’s Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open sparks conversation on mental health in elite sports 

Some in the sports world are saying the conversation is long overdue.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open sparks conversation on mental health in elite sports 
In this May 17, 2021, demonstrators protest against the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The IOC and Tokyo Olympic organizers run into some of the strongest medical-community opposition so far with the games set to open in just over eight weeks. 

As demand grows to cancel Tokyo Olympics, who has the power to call it off?

According to the latest polls, 83% of people in Japan think the Games should be postponed or scrapped entirely. But there’s been a lack of clarity about who gets to make that decision.

As demand grows to cancel Tokyo Olympics, who has the power to call it off?
Colorful booklets in Asian languages on 'How to Report a Hate Crime'

‘How to Report a Hate Crime’ booklets empower Asian Americans amid rise in discrimination

When Asian Americans face discrimination, it's not always clear how to report it. Esther Lim tries to bridge this gap with booklets on how to report hate crimes in native Asian languages.

‘How to Report a Hate Crime’ booklets empower Asian Americans amid rise in discrimination
Birds fly above Mount Everest against a blue sky

COVID-19 may impact Nepal's climbing season, but government denies rising cases

Mountaineers say COVID-19 is rapidly spreading on Mount Everest. "We could have a very, very bad tragedy this year," said Leo Namen, a climber from Canada.

COVID-19 may impact Nepal's climbing season, but government denies rising cases
A red and white sign that says "Welcome to Älvdalen" in the language Elfdalian

A small town in Sweden fights to preserve Elfdalian, a dying forest language

The town of Älvdalen is fighting to preserve its local language amid pushback from some members of parliament.

A small town in Sweden fights to preserve Elfdalian, a dying forest language
A person is shown clipping a large banner with the words, "Equality Act Japan" printed on it to a backdrop.

Momentum builds for Japan to pass LGBTQ equality act before Tokyo Olympics

Olympic Charter rules explicitly ban “discrimination of any kind” at the Games, including discrimination based on sexual orientation. But Japan, set to host the Tokyo Olympics this summer, doesn’t have any national anti-discrimination laws for the LGBTQ community. Two different bills — one from opposition parties and one from the ruling party — have now been written for submission to the House of Representatives. The World's Bianca Hillier reports.

Momentum builds for Japan to pass LGBTQ equality act before Tokyo Olympics
Two people are shown standing at a railing next to a body of water where the Olympic rings are in the destance illuminated in white.

Despite the ban, will athletes protest at the Tokyo Olympics?

After an 11-month review process, the International Olympic Committee’s 17-person Athletes' Commission has reiterated their support for a ban on protests and demonstrations at official ceremonies, on the field of play and on podiums. But commission chair Kirsty Coventry says defining what the punishment for these protests looks like is not her responsibility. The World's Bianca Hillier reports on how this may play out in Tokyo this summer.

Despite the ban, will athletes protest at the Tokyo Olympics?
A 91-year-old white woman with gray hair, wearing glasses and a pink top, sits on a sofa and reads a newsletter.

A toddler's newsletter inspires joy for isolated seniors in Toronto

The pandemic hit retirement homes hard. “Fridays with Edison,” a newsletter written in the voice of a 2-year-old, has kept residents at one Toronto retirement home inspired and connected.

A toddler's newsletter inspires joy for isolated seniors in Toronto
On the front page of Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, one of Germany's largest publications, 185 actors have come out as LGBTQ. 

Germany’s LGBTQ actors come out publicly en masse to fight discrimination 

In a movement called #ActOut, actors are advocating for LGBTQ representation on-screen and behind-the-scenes in Germany’s media productions. 

Germany’s LGBTQ actors come out publicly en masse to fight discrimination