Keith Theodore Olbermann is a popular sports and political commentator and author. He was known for hosting the show Olbermann and for covering the Major League Baseball. He also worked as chief news officer for Current TV and the host of the network’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
Olbermann was a sports journalist for 25 years where his main work included being a sports correspondent for CNN and other local stations. He also won the Best Sportscaster three times, an award given by the California Associated Press. In addition, he worked as a producer, anchor, and host for Fox Sports Net.
OLBERMANN’S ORIGINS AND PERSONAL LIFE
Olbermann was the son of Theodore Olbermann and Marie Katherine (nee Charbonier) and brother to his younger sister, Jenna. He grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County. He also went to Hackley School which was located in Tarrytown.
Olbermann was a huge baseball fan like his mother. At a young age, he started writing about baseball card collecting and became a part of some of the most popular sports card-collecting periodicals.
While studying at Hackley, Olbermann became an announcer for WHTR. He continued his studies at Cornell University where he became the sports director for the school’s radio station and got a degree in communication in 1979.
Olbermann dated the NBC news reporter Katy Tur for a while. He also acquired diseases like coeliac disease, restless leg syndrome and a head injury that messed up his sense of equilibrium.
Olbermann started his professional broadcasting career at UPI and the RKO Radio Network. He also was a sportscaster for WNEW 1130-AM in New York City and WCVB-TV in Boston. When he went to Los Angeles, he became a part of KTLA and KCBS.
In 1992, Olbermann became a part of ESPN’s SportsCenter where he was usually partnered with Dan Patrick in the 11 PM slot. He also wrote a book with Patrick entitled The Big Show where they discussed about their experiences while working for the network.
Not long after, a dispute developed between Olbermann and ESPN after the host suddenly left the network. The feud would continue on for several years.
In 1998, Olbermann started anchoring and producing The Keith Olbermann Evening News on Fox Sports Net. He also became the host of the 2000 World Series and Game of the Week.
Olbermann was also fired from Fox and he moved on to doing sports commentaries for ABC Radio Network in the segments “Speaking of Sports” and “Speaking of Everything.” From 2005 to 2007, Olbermann went back to ESPN and co-hosted the Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio.
Olbermann’s next hosting stint was NBC’s Football Night in America which he did with Dan Patrick. He also made a deal with TBS to be host the coverage of the Division Series and National League Championship Series.
ESPN2 gave Olbermann a two-year contract in 2013 which was interrupted by a suspension incurred by a twitter feud Olbermann had with Penn State supporters. In July 2015, ESPN announced Olbermann’s last hosting gig in the network.
After ESPN, Olbermann came working for MSNBC with The Big Show with Keith Olbermann. He was also assigned to host the NBC Nightly News during Sundays and appeared once on the Saturday edition of the Today show. The Monica Lewinsky scandal caused the man to leave MSNBC and go to Fox Sports Net.
Olbermann subsequently left Fox Sports Net and resorted to doing news journalism once again. Because of this, he received an Edward R. Murrow Award for what he wrote about the “Keith Olbermann Speaking of Everything” show. He also wrote for Salon.com and got a job as a freelance reporter for CNN.
In 2003, Olbermann’s Countdown began airing. The show’s main focus was discussing and ranking the biggest stories that happened within the day. The topics covered vary, ranging from government, politics, and world events to celebrities and sports. The show continued with the renewal of Olbermann’s contract with the network and he would set on hosting other shows and some TV specials.
Olbermann would also develop a rivalry with Bill O’Reilly as he continued to designate the man as the “Worst Person in the World.” He was also suspended by MSNBC when he made contributions to some Democratic candidates without informing the management of the network.
In 2011, Olbermann started developing his new show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, with Current TV. However, the network fired Olbermann in 2012 on the account that the values manifested by the network was compromised by their working relationship with Olbermann. This would eventually end with legal actions that were made by both Olbermann and the network against each other. They would eventually settle their differences in 2013.