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Born: September 10, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: talk show host, correspondent, news anchor, columnist

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A conservative firebrand who raised hackles for many outrageous statements and positions, cable news host Billy O'Reilly rode the wave of controversy to rating success with his highly-rated cable shout-fest "The O'Reilly Factor" (Fox News, 1996- ). Earning both praise and scorn for his pugnacious populism, O'Reilly brought an Everyman persona to the elite world of Washington politics and used his blunt, provocative interview style to become one of the most feared anchors on cable television. Whether battling Phil Donahue, Al Franken, John Stewart, or even family members of 9/11 victims, O'Reilly made a career out of asking sharp, aggressive questions, cutting off guests, and making people in high places uncomfortable and agitated. Along the way, he had brushes with personal controversy, like in 2004 when he was sued by a former producer for harassment that revealed some rather embarrassing sexual practices about the anchor. But he stood head and shoulders over the competition, hosting cable television's highest-rated show, while also becoming a best-selling author many times over with The No Spin Zone (2001), Who's Looking Out for You? and Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (2012), among other...

A conservative firebrand who raised hackles for many outrageous statements and positions, cable news host Billy O'Reilly rode the wave of controversy to rating success with his highly-rated cable shout-fest "The O'Reilly Factor" (Fox News, 1996- ). Earning both praise and scorn for his pugnacious populism, O'Reilly brought an Everyman persona to the elite world of Washington politics and used his blunt, provocative interview style to become one of the most feared anchors on cable television. Whether battling Phil Donahue, Al Franken, John Stewart, or even family members of 9/11 victims, O'Reilly made a career out of asking sharp, aggressive questions, cutting off guests, and making people in high places uncomfortable and agitated. Along the way, he had brushes with personal controversy, like in 2004 when he was sued by a former producer for harassment that revealed some rather embarrassing sexual practices about the anchor. But he stood head and shoulders over the competition, hosting cable television's highest-rated show, while also becoming a best-selling author many times over with The No Spin Zone (2001), Who's Looking Out for You? and Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (2012), among other titles. Regardless of what his detractors thought, O'Reilly was undoubtedly one of cable news' most prominent anchors who also found success in other mediums.

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1975:
Stared his career with a $150-a-week reporting job at WNEP-TV in Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
1980:
Joined WCBS in New York City, where he won his second Emmy for an investigation of corrupt city marshals; later O┬┐Reilly became a CBS News correspondent covering the wars in the Falkland Islands and El Salvador
1986:
Joined ABC News as a correspondent on "World News Tonight"; received two National Headliner Awards for excellence in reporting
1989:
Joined the nationally syndicated program "Inside Edition" taking over for David Frost; was the first national anchor to broadcast live from the scene of the 1992 L.A riots, and was named reporter of the year by the New York Crime Victims organization
1996:
Hired by The FOX News Channel (FNC) as the anchor/host of "The O'Reilly Factor", originally called "The O'Reilly Report"; in 2001 the show passed "Larry King Live" to become the most watched cable news program in the United States
2002:
Joined the airwaves with a syndicated talk show "Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly"
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Education

Chaminade High School: Mineola , New York - 1967
Marist College: Poughkeepsie , New York - 1971
Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts - 1976
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1996

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"Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Murder and Television" Bancroft Press
"The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life" Broadway Books
"No Spin Zone: Confrontations with the Powerful and Famous in America" Broadway Books
"Who's Looking Out for You?" Broadway Books
"The O'Reilly Factor for Kids: A Survival Guide for America's Families" HarperCollins Publishers
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