James William "Bill" O'Reilly, Jr. (born September 10, 1949 in New York) is a journalist, a television presenter and an American polemicist. Working both on television, radio and in print, he is best known as the presenter of the talk show The O'Reilly Factor, broadcast by Fox News. It also has a syndicated radio show, The Radio Factor, and has written five books on his political and social leanings. He positions himself very politically conservative on most issues it addresses, they are about abortion, gay marriage, religion, and war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Son of William and Angela O'Reilly, Bill O'Reilly was born in New York City. His father was an accountant for the oil company Caltex. In 1951, the O'Reilly family moved to Long Island, where Bill O'Reilly spent his childhood and adolescence. After attending private Catholic high school Chaminade in Mineola, Bill O'Reilly continued his studies at Marist College where, among other things, he participated in the newspaper of the College and played as semi-professional team in baseball the Brooklyn Monarchs.
Graduated in History in 1971, he moved to Miami where he teaches history and English for two years at Monsignor Pace High School. He resumed graduate studies and obtained an MA in journalism from Boston University in 1976. While studying in Boston, he performs cotoie Howard Stern reports or writing editorials for local newspapers like The Boston Phoenix. He also writes film critics for The Miami Herald.
He began his career as a television journalist on the local channel WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania where he also happens to present the weather. Subsequently, he joined WFAA-TV channel in Dallas, Texas where he will receive the award for best investigative journalist by the Press Club of Dallas. His career led him on Channel KMGH-TV in Denver, Colorado where he still receives a prize for a story. He still works for various channels as KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon, as well as for local channels in Hartford, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts.
In 1980, he presents for the first time his own program on WCBS-TV in New York where he won a prize for his investigations into corruption in the local police.
In 1982, he became a correspondent for CBS News national broadcaster covering the wars in the Falklands and El Salvador. In 1986, he joined ABC News as a correspondent for the evening news.
In 1989, syndicated columnist O'Reilly becomes King World program, Inside Edition. It is the time one of the first American journalists to cover the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In 1995, O'Reilly left Inside Edition presentation and enrolled at Harvard University where he earned a Master of Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was hired by Roger Ailes to present a talk show on Fox News Channel, called The O'Reilly Report quickly renamed The O'Reilly Factor. With an average audience of 3.25 million viewers, becoming the 11th Bill O'Reilly talk show host the most watched of the country. For the site NewsMax, through its radio broadcasts and television, Bill O'Reilly is the second presenter of the country in terms of influence with viewers, behind Rush Limbaugh.
In his book The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly claims to be politically independent. However, it was registered to the Republican Party of Nassau County on Long Island from 1994 to 2000. In his book Culture Warrior, he describes himself as a traditionalist and a populist war against the secular progressives.
See also Sarah Palin
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