Bill O’Reilly Profile
Bill O’Reilly is an American Emmy Award-winning Conservative Commentator, News Anchor/Reporter, TV & Radio host, and Author who is known for having worked for Fox News Channel. He joined the network in the year 1996 and left in 2017.
Bill O’Reilly Education
O’Reilly is a proud graduate of Chaminade High School and St. Brigid parochial school in Westbury. He was part of the Chaminade varsity hockey team where his position was the goalie, as well as the Little League baseball team. He graduated from Chaminade in the year 1967 and then attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. At the college, he served as a punter in the National Club Football Association. Also, he worked for The Circle, the school’s newspaper as a writer.
He graduated from Marist College with a degree in history and then attended Queen Mary College at the University of London. O’Reilly graduated from the university in the year 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. During his stint at the university, he played for New York Monarchs as a pitcher in semi-professional baseball. O’Reilly also holds a Master of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. Additionally, he holds a master of public administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Bill O’Reilly Career
O’Reilly worked for FOX News as a host of “The O’Reilly Factor.” He began his career in 1973 when he worked for WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania as an anchor/reporter. From there, he went to work for WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas as a news reporter and anchor. While there, he won the Dallas Press Club Award for excellence in investigative coverage. After that, he moved to KMGH-TV in Denver, Texas where he worked as a news reporter. While there, he was awarded a local Emmy Award for his report on skyjacking.
O’Reilly has also worked for WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut for one year (1979 to 1980). In the year 1980, O’Reilly moved to WCBS-TV in New York to work as an anchor for 7:30 Magazine, the local news-feature program, before becoming a correspondent and anchor. It was while there that he was awarded the 2nd local Emmy Award for investigating corrupt city marshals.
O’Reilly has worked for ABC News for 3 years (1986–1989). While there, he won 2 National Headliner Awards and 2 Emmy Awards for excellence in reporting. While in college, he worked for different local newspapers and alternative newsweeklies such as the Boston Phoenix as a columnist and reporter. He also interned at WBZ-TV. O’Reilly has worked as a teacher of History and English at Monsignor Pace High School for 2 years (1970-1972).
Quick Facts About Bill O’Reilly
|Age||73 years old as of 2022|
|Net Worth||$85 Million|
Bill O’Reilly Departure from FOX News
O’Reilly served at FOX News as a host of “The O’Reilly Factor.” For 16 years, the show was the highest-rated cable news show. After settling 5 lawsuits involving women who accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment in April 2017, nearly 60 companies withdrew their TV advertising from the show “The O’Reilly Factor,” and the show lost over half its advertisers within one week. On April 11, 2017, he announced he would take a 2-week vacation and would maybe return to the show after 13 days. Fox News however made an announcement on April 19, 2017, that O’Reilly would not be returning to the network. Later, the show was renamed “The Factor.” It did not take long before the show ended now completely. It aired its last episode on April 21 of the same year.
On April 24, 2017, he launched “No Spin News,” a segment, after leaving FOX News. It was after a month that he started appearing as a recurring guest on Friday editions of the Glenn Beck Radio Program. He and Dennis Miller co-headlined “The Spin Stops Here” in June. In August of the same year, he started digitally streaming a video version of the segment “No Spin News.” He was interviewed by Sean Hannity on FOX News on September 26, 2017. In June 2020, the “No Spin News show” started airing on Newsmax TV.
Bill O’Reilly CBS
O’Reilly went to work for CBS News in the year 1982 as a correspondent. While there, he reported on the wars in El Salvador. From there, he moved to WNEV-TV “CBS” (now WHDH) in Boston, Massachusetts to work as a weekend news anchor and weekday news reporter. He subsequently served as host of “New England Afternoon,” WNEV’s local news magazine. O’Reilly went to work for KATU (CBS) in Portland, Oregon in 1984 and stayed there for 9 months. He has also worked as a columnist-at-large and reporter for NewsCenter 5, at WCVB-TV (CBS).
Bill O’Reilly Radio
For 7 years (2002-2009), O’Reilly worked as a host of “The Radio Factor,” a radio program. On the list of the hundred most critical American talk show hosts, “Heavy Hundred,” O’Reilly was the number eleven, according to Talkers Magazine, the talk radio industry publication. O’Reilly began a 15-minute radio show in the year 2019, and named it “The O’Reilly Update.”
Bill O’Reilly Age
O’Reilly is 73 years old as of 2022. He was born on September 10, 1949, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. He celebrates his birthday on the 10th of September every year.
Bill O’Reilly Height
O’Reilly stands at a height of approximately 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m).
Bill O’Reilly Family
O’Reilly was born to his loving parents, Winifred Angela O’Reilly (mother) and William James Sr. (father). His mom is a native of Teaneck, and his dad of Brooklyn, New Jersey. O’Reilly is of Irish descent with a small extent of English (Colonial American) ancestry. His family moved to Levittown on Long Island when he was 2 years old. O’Reilly was raised alongside his sister, Janet.
Bill O’Reilly Wife
O’Reilly is neither married nor engaged to anyone at the moment. He was married to a public relations executive, Maureen E. McPhilmy. They first met in the year 1992 and began dating. They had their wedding on November 2, 1996, in St. Brigid Parish of Westbury, New York. O’Reilly and Maureen, unfortunately, separated on April 2, 2010, and eventually had their divorce on September 1, 2011.
Bill O’Reilly Divorce
In the year 2015, it came to be known that O’Reilly’s marriage with Maureen ended due to domestic violence. The court’s transcripts from O’Reilly’s custody trial with his ex-wife revealed it in May 2015. O’Reilly however denied the account and described it as “100% false.” He lost a bid for sole custody of his son and daughter in February 2016.
Bill O’Reilly Children
O’Reilly and his ex-wife, Maureen E. McPhilmy, were blessed with 2 children; Spencer (son) and Madeline (daughter). Spencer is 19 years old as of 2022 having been born in the year 2003. Madeline is 24 years old as of 2022 having been born in the year 1998.
Bill O’Reilly Salary
Being one of the top most paid journalists for FOX News Channel, he earned an estimated annual salary of $25 Million.
Bill O’Reilly Net Worth
O’Reilly is among the top 10 richest journalists in the world with an estimated net worth of $85 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a Conservative Commentator, News Anchor/Reporter, TV host, and Author.
Bill O’Reilly Sexual Harassment
O’Reilly sued a former producer for the show “The O’Reilly Factor,” Andrea Mackris on October 13, 2004, alleging extortion. He said that Andrea threatened a lawsuit unless he paid her over $60 million. On the same day, Andrea sued O’Reilly for sexual harassment, seeking $60 million in damages. However, Gretchen Carlson (former Fox News worker) filed a sexual harassment lawsuit which subjected Roger Ailes (Fox News executive) to be guilty. Roger was ultimately fired from the station. Fox News settled the sexual harassment claim against O’Reilly with Juliet Huddy (former Fox News host). Allegedly, Juliet said that she and O’Reilly had a romantic relationship. Fox News is the one that settled for the legal fees in the case, which was worth $1.6 million.
Bill O’Reilly Books
Other than being a journalist, O’Reilly is also an author. He has authored 32 New York Times Best Selling Books;
- Killing the Legends: The Lethal Danger of Celebrity (2022)
- Killing the Killers: The Secret War Against Terrorists (2022)
- Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America (2021)
- Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America (2020)
- The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America (2019)
- Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History (2018)
- Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence (2017)
- Old School: Life in the Sane Lane (2017)
- Give Please a Chance (2016)
- Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan (2016)
- The Day the President Was Shot (2016)
- Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency (2015)
- Hitler’s Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World’s Most Notorious Dictator (2015)
- Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Real West (2015)
- Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General (2014)
- The Last Days of Jesus: His Life and Times (2014)
- Killing Jesus: A History (2013)
- Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World (2013)
- Kennedy’s Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation (2013)
- Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (2012)
- Lincoln’s Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever (2012)
- Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever (2011)
- Factor Words: A Collection of the O’Reilly Factor Favorite “Words of the Day” (2011)
- Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama (2010)
- A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir (2008)
- Kids Are Americans Too (2007)
- Culture Warrior (2006)
- The O’Reilly Factor For Kids: A Survival Guide for America’s Families (2005)
- Who’s Looking Out For You? (2003)
- The No Spin Zone (2001)
- The O’Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life (2000)
- Those Who Trespass: Television and Murder (1998)
At FOX News O’Reilly works alongside;
- Fred Barnes
- Stuart Varney
- Tucker Carlson
- Adam Klotz
- Ashley Strohmier
- Nate Foy
- Kimberly Guilfoyle
- Kristen Soltis Anderson
- Raymond Arroyo
- Manny Alvarez
- Sean Hannity