Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
US broadcast journalist and news commentator
1949 – Born – September 10th – Manhattan, NY
1967 – High School: Chaminade High School, Mineola, NY
1971 – University: BA History, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
1971-72 – He played semi-professional baseball during this time as a pitcher for the Brooklyn Monarchs, and had an unsuccessful tryout with the American professional baseball team, the New York Mets. O’Reilly later earned a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University and another Master of Public Administration from Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
1972-75 – Teacher at Monsignor Edward Pace High School, Opa Locka, FL
1976 – Attended University of London University MA Journalism, Boston University. While attending Boston University, he was a reporter and columnist for various local newspapers and alternative news weeklies, including The Boston Phoenix. O’Reilly did his broadcast journalism internship in Miami during this time, and was also an entertainment writer and movie critic for The Miami Herald.
1977-78 – He then moved to KMGH-TV in Denver, Colorado where he won a Local Emmy Award for his coverage of a skyjacking.
1978 – while in Denver, Bill was offered a job as the Marlboro Man. He turned it down because he didn’t smoke nor wanted to promote it.
1995 – O’Reilly was replaced by former NBC News and CBS News anchor Deborah Norville on Inside Edition. He then enrolled at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Upon leaving Harvard, O’Reilly was hired by Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of the then startup FOX News Channel, to anchor The O’Reilly Report. The show soon moved to a new time slot, and was renamed The O’Reilly Factor.
1996 – Fox News show- The O’Reilly Factor
1996 – Married – they have 2 children
2002 – O’Reilly also hosts The Radio Factor, a radio program syndicated by Westwood One, and has written six books.
Bill O’Reilly worked as a school teacher, a local news reporter and eventually as a local anchorman, working his way up to CBS News in 1982. He quit almost immediately, when he thought Bob Schieffer had stolen a story he was working on. O’Reilly returned to local news, and re-emerged with ABC News in 1986. He left ABC to anchor Inside Edition from 1989 to 1995, and has hosted The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News since 1996. On his show, O’Reilly invites his viewers into "the no-spin zone", describing himself as an independent.