Author / sportswriter / radio commentator / TV pundit Keith Olbermann's first book, "The Major League Coaches", was published when he was 14. He began his career as a play-by-play announcer for WHTR while he was still in high school. Beginning college at age 16, he graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in communications arts from Cornell University at age 20.
He began his career at UPI, and then RKO Radio and New York's WNEW until CNN found him in 1981. In 1984, he became a sports anchor in Boston at WCVB-TV, then went to Los Angeles for KTLA-TV and KCBS-TV. While in California, he received 11 Golden Mike Awards for Best Sportscaster and Best Sportscast, and was voted Sportscaster of the Year three times.
In 1992, he was part of the team that launched ESPN Radio, and then began what was to become his "signature" post at ESPN SportsCenter. He and Dan Patrick worked together until 1997. Keith then went to MSNBC, where he hosted "The Big Show with Keith Olbermann" and "White House in Crisis". However, he despised doing 24-hour-a-day coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal involving President Bill Clinton, and his contract was bought out by Fox to become anchor and executive producer of "The Keith Olbermann Evening News" on Fox Sports Net on Sunday nights. He was also host of Fox's Saturday pregame baseball studio show.
In 2001, he left Fox for "other opportunities", and kept a low profile at ABC Radio. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on New York's World Trade Center affected him profoundly, saying that they "sobered me up" -- he knew five people who died in attacks. He won an 'Edward R. Murrow' Award for reporting from the site for 40 days for his ABC Radio show.
After September 11, and while contributing to Salon.com, he published a profound, "Mea Culpa", to ESPN and fellow workers and addressed the burned bridges in his career. He attributed most of his "outbursts" to feelings of "insecurity" and "fear of being blamed". What September 11 also taught him was "If you're 44 years old and you're not smarter than you were when you were at 35 years old or 25 years old, just stay in your room".
He is an avid baseball historian and has a collection of at least 35,000 baseball cards. He's received numerous distinguished awards in radio and television broadcasting, including the 1995 Cable Ace Award for Best Sportscaster, 11 Golden Mike Awards for excellence in television and radio, and four Sports Emmy Awards.
He has written for dozens of publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated and Playboy, and authored a book with his "tag-team partner", Dan Patrick, entitled "The Big Show - A Tribute to ESPN's SportsCenter". He has his own political commentary show, "Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann" (2003), on MSNBC--one of the highest-rated shows on that network--and hosted that network's coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Counts the numbers of days since the then-President Bush said mission accomplished (May 1st 2003)
Crumpling his notes and throwing them at the camera at the end of his show
Ends his Countdown programme with "Good night and good luck"
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His intense criticism of Fox News,particularly Conservative host Bill O'Reilly
His "Worst person in the world" award
Doesn't drive because of a loss of depth perception caused by a head injury. In 1980, he hit his head on the top of a subway door while running into the waiting car.
Worked for CNN, WCVB in Boston, & KTLA and KCBS in Los Angeles before working for ESPN. Ramped up ESPN2's SportsCenter. Also worked for KFWB Radio, FOX Sports, ABC Radio, and MSNBC.
Shoe size is 13 1/2
He has Celiac disease and must eat a gluten-free diet
Has never been married and has no children
In 2004, was voted #1 sexiest male newscaster by Playgirl magazine.
Since making amends with ESPN, he has emerged back on ESPN's Dan Patrick radio show. Olbermann shares a daily one-hour segment with Patrick that they call "The Big Show." It is a reference to a time, in the mid-1990s, when Olbermann and Patrick were the staple anchors of ESPN Sportscenter's most important time slot, 11p.m., East Coast time.
Outspoken critic of President George W. Bush.
Is a huge fan of comedy, frequently referencing Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, "The Simpsons" (1989), "Monty Python" and George Carlin (the inspiration for his trademark "Worst Person in the World" segment) as well as more obscure sources such as Bill Hicks and "The Kids in the Hall". His favorite sitcom of all time is the BBC series "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin" (1976).
In November 2008, it was announced that Olbermann had signed a four-year contract extension worth an estimated $30 million.
Before the 2010 Massachusetts special election, Olbermann called Republican candidate Scott Brown "an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, Tea Bagging supporter of violence against women, and against politicians with whom he disagrees". He apologized shortly after the statement.
Claimed that he did not vote in the 2008 Presidential election.
Fan of Howard Stern.
Briefly dated conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham in the 90's. She is a frequent recipient of Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" awards.
During a period in the mid-1990s, Olbermann appeared in a series of Boston Market advertisements, in which he would instruct a group of underweight models to "Eat something!".
Since beginning Countdown's "Worst Person in the World" segment in July 2005, Olbermann has given rival Fox News host Bill O'Reilly the dubious honor (repeatedly).
Keith Olbermann's father, Theodore, died on March 13, 2010 of complications from colon surgery in September 2009. His mother also died months before.
Is of German descent.
Uses the phrase "Good night and good luck" as a tribute to Edward R. Murrow.
In a technique similar to that of former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite in connection to the Iran Hostage Crisis, Olbermann finishes his program by counting the days since May 1, 2003, the day that President George W. Bush declared the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq under a banner that read "Mission Accomplished".
Suspended indefinitely without pay by MSNBC after it learned that he contributed money to three Democrat candidates for the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections, a violation of the MSNBC contribution disclosure policy. The suspension was ended, and Olbermann resumed hosting 9 November 2010, after a petition circulated and was signed by over 250,000 supporters. [5 November 2010]
Has departed from MSNBC [January 20, 2011].
Hired by Al Gore's Current TV [February 9, 2011].
Fired by Al Gore's Current TV [March 30, 2012].
[about a home-run hit during a baseball game] It's deep and I don't think it's playable!
[about a hockey goal] He put the biscuit in the basket!
[From a series of Boston Market advertisements] Eat something!
[on being fired by Current TV] I screwed up really big... I thought we could do this. It's my fault that it didn't succeed in the sense that I didn't think the whole thing through. I didn't say, 'you know, if you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in. Just walking around with a $10 million chandelier isn't going to do anybody a lot of good, and it's not going to do any good to the chandelier.' And then it turned out we didn't have a lot to put the house on to put the chandelier in, or a building permit, and I, I should have known that. And it is, it is my fault at heart ... Now, I've been in situations in my lifetime where the second I agreed to something, I got that sinking feeling in my stomach and I said to myself on those occasions, 'Holy goodness, I've just made a huge mistake.'
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