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Keith Olbermann

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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, 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.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Keith Olbermann -- SUSPEND HOPE SOLO ... U.S. Coach Is a Disgrace

Keith Olbermann
SUSPEND HOPE SOLO U.S. Coach Is a Disgrace

Hope Solo should be suspended from the U.S. Women's soccer team IMMEDIATELY ... in the wake of the allegations stemming from her domestic violence arrest ... so says ESPN's Keith Olbermann. … READ MORE >

Keith Olbermann -- Clippers Should REFUSE TO PLAY ... Until NBA Punishes Sterling

Keith Olbermann
Clippers Should REFUSE TO PLAY Until NBA Punishes Sterling

The L.A.. Clippers should BOYCOTT the playoffs ... and refuse to step on the court until the NBA takes action against Donald Sterling ... so says Keith Olbermann. Olbermann went to Twitter… READ MORE >

- 766 days ago
Keith Olbermann -- COUNTERSUED By Current TV

Keith Olbermann
COUNTERSUED By Current TV

Current TV has filed a countersuit in its war with Keith Olbermann ... claiming the "Countdown" host got his walking papers, in part, because he BARELY showed up to work.  In the docs, filed… READ MORE >

- 1516 days ago
Current TV -- Keith Olbermann SABOTAGED Our Network

Current TV
Olbermann SABOTAGED Us

Keith Olbermann is a liar, a bully ... and worst of all -- he's just plain MEAN ... this according to Current TV. The network has fired back at the "Countdown" host ... claiming his $70 million… READ MORE >

- 1516 days ago
Keith Olbermann Sues Current TV -- You Owe Me Roughly $70 Million

Keith Olbermann
Sues Current TV You Owe Me Roughly $70 Mil

Keith Olbermann has just sued Current TV ... claiming the network violated his contract, torpedoed his show ... and still owes him up to $70 million in unpaid compensation. In the lawsuit, filed… READ MORE >

- 1517 days ago
Keith Olbermann -- Al Gore and Current TV Couldn't Afford Me

Keith Olbermann
Al Gore and Current TV Couldn't Afford Me

Keith Olbermann says it's his fault his Current TV gig ended in disaster -- but only because he should've known the network was way too cheap for him.On tonight's "Late Show with David Letterman"… READ MORE >

- 1518 days ago
Keith Olbermann -- Planning His Exit Long Before He Was Fired

Keith Olbermann
Planning His Exit Long Before He Was Fired

Keith Olbermann wanted out of Current TV well before he was fired yesterday because he felt the network was mismanaged and wouldn't be around much longer ... sources close to the situation tell… READ MORE >

- 1522 days ago
Keith Olbermann -- I'm Suing Al Gore's Ass

Keith Olbermann
I'm Suing Al Gore's Ass

Keith Olbermann tells TMZ, he's furious with Al Gore for firing him from Current TV -- claiming, "I will be filing [a lawsuit] against them."As we previously reported, Current just fired Olbermann… READ MORE >

- 1523 days ago
Keith Olbermann FIRED from Current TV -- Replaced By Elliot Spitzer

Keith Olbermann
FIRED from Current TV -- Replaced By Elliot Spitzer

Keith Olbermann is officially unemployed ... again ... cause the political host has just been FIRED from his gig on Al Gore's Current TV network. Olbermann had been hosting "Countdown" on Current… READ MORE >

- 1523 days ago
Keith Olbermann Takes Gig With Al Gore's TV Network

Keith Olbermann Takes Gig With Al Gore's TV Network

Keith Olbermann has a brand new home -- Al Gore's Current TV ... where he'll take the position of "Chief News Officer" and host a new 1-hour nightly show. The show is set to debut in the spring --… READ MORE >

- 1938 days ago

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