Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly

Political Commentator
Born Sep 10, 1949

William James "Bill" O'Reilly, Jr. is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator. He is the host of the political commentary program The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, which is the most watched cable news television program on American television. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he worked as a news reporter for various local television stations in the United States and eventually for CBS News and ABC News.… Read More

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1949 Birth O'Reilly was born on September 10, 1949, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, to parents William James, Sr., (deceased) and Winifred Angela (Drake) O'Reilly, from Brooklyn and Teaneck, New Jersey, respectively. … Read More
1951 1 Year Old In 1951 his family moved to Levittown, on Long Island. … Read More


1967 17 Years Old After graduating from high school in 1967, O'Reilly attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, his father's choice. … Read More


1970 20 Years Old After graduating from Marist College, O'Reilly moved to Miami, where he taught English and history at Monsignor Pace High School from 1970 to 1972.
1973 23 Years Old O'Reilly returned to school in 1973 and earned a master of arts degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. … Read More


1980 30 Years Old In 1980 O'Reilly anchored the local news-feature program 7:30 Magazine at WCBS-TV in New York. … Read More
1982 32 Years Old In 1982 he was promoted to the network as a CBS News correspondent. … Read More
1986 36 Years Old In 1986, O'Reilly joined ABC News as a correspondent. … Read More
1989 39 Years Old In 1989 O'Reilly joined the nationally syndicated King World (now CBS Television Distribution)-produced Inside Edition, a tabloid-gossip television program in competition with A Current Affair. … Read More


1992 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In addition to being one of the first American broadcasters to cover the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, O'Reilly obtained the first exclusive interview with murderer Joel Steinberg and was the first television host from a national current affairs program on the scene of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
1995 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Former NBC News and CBS News anchor Deborah Norville replaced O'Reilly on Inside Edition in 1995; O'Reilly had expressed a desire to quit the show in July 1994.
1996 46 Years Old After Harvard, he was hired by Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of the then startup Fox News Channel, to anchor The O'Reilly Report in October 1996. … Read More


2004 54 Years Old On October 13, 2004, O'Reilly sued Andrea Mackris, a former producer for The O'Reilly Factor, with extortion charges, alleging that she had threatened a lawsuit unless he paid her more than $60 million. … Read More
2005 55 Years Old Beginning in 2005, O'Reilly periodically denounced George Tiller, a Kansas-based physician who specialized in second- and third-trimester abortions, often referring to him as "Tiller the baby killer". … Read More
2007 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2007, researchers from the Indiana University School of Journalism published a report that analyzed O'Reilly's "Talking Points Memo" segment. … Read More
2008 58 Years Old On May 10, 2008, O'Reilly was presented with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Governors' Award at an Emmy awards show dinner.


In his bestselling 2013 book Killing Kennedy and on Fox and Friends, O'Reilly claimed he was knocking at the front door of George de Mohrenschildt's daughter's home at the moment Mohrenschildt committed suicide and that he heard the shotgun blast: In March of 1977, a young television reporter at WFAA in Dallas began looking into the Kennedy assassination. … Read More
After Ailes was the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox News coworker Gretchen Carlson, O'Reilly said in July 2016 that Ailes was a "target" as a "famous, powerful or wealthy person" and called him the "best boss I ever had." … Read More
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