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Olbermann, Keith

Born: 1959 AD
Currently alive, at 61 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Journalist, TV Host, Writers

1959 – Keith Olbermann, born on the 27th of January in New York City, New York, USA. He is an American news anchor, commentator and radio sportscaster.

1975 – He is credited in Sports Collectors Bible, a book by Bert Randolph Sugar, which is considered one of the important early books for card collectors.

1979 – Earned his Bachelor of Science degree in communications arts from Cornell University while serving as sports director for WVBR, a student-run commercial radio station in Ithaca, New York.

1981 – Olbermann began his professional career at UPI and RKO Radio before joining then nascent CNN.

1984 – He briefly worked as a sports anchor at WCVB-TV in Boston, before heading to Los Angeles to work at KTLA and KCBS. His work there earned him eleven Golden Mike Awards, and he was named Best Sportscaster by the California Associated Press three times.

1992-1997 –  He joined ESPN’s SportsCenter. He often co-hosted SportsCenter with Dan Patrick, the two becoming a popular anchor team. Olbermann quickly became known for his wit, reporting style, and his tight chemistry with co-anchor Patrick.

1995 – Won a Cable ACE award for Best Sportscaster while co-anchoring "The Big Show” as he and Patrick called it (often referencing the Sunday night SportsCenter). Olbermann would later co-author a book with Patrick called The Big Show about their experiences working at SportsCenter.

1997 – He abruptly left ESPN under a cloud of controversy, apparently burning his bridges with the network’s management to host his own primetime show on MSNBC, The Big Show. The news-variety program covered three or four topics in a one-hour broadcast.

1998 – When the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, The Big Show morphed into White House in Crisis. Olbermann became frustrated as his show was consumed by the Lewinsky story. He stated that his work at MSNBC would "make me ashamed, make me depressed, make me cry." He left MSNBC after 17 months to return to sportscasting.

       – Joined Fox Sports Net as anchor and executive producer for The Keith Olbermann Evening News, a sportscast similar to SportsCenter, airing weekly on Sunday evenings.

2000 – On the 17th of June, Olbermann’s mother, Marie, was hit in the head with a baseball while attending a Yankees game, when Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch made an errant throw that flew into the stands.

2001 – He left Fox Sports for “other opportunities” and kept a relatively low profile.

2002 – He published an essay on Salon.com entitled "Mea Culpa" in which he conceded that his own insecurities and neurotic behavior had led to many of his problems at work in November.

2003 – His own show, Countdown, debuted shortly thereafter on the 31st of March, in the 8 p.m. ET time slot previously held by programs hosted by Phil Donahue and, briefly, Lester Holt.

2004 – On the 10th of May, episode for Countdown, Olbermann said that the short-lived ABC dramedy Sports Night was based on his time on SportsCenter with Patrick.

       – On the 13th of October, He launched Bloggermann, his Countdown weblog, hosted on MSNBC.com.

2005 – In June, He returned to ESPN Radio every Friday, co-hosting with his friend and former colleague on Dan Patrick’s three-hour weekday program.