O’Brien has a rich background in entertainment as well as sports, as he previously anchored both "Access Hollywood" and "The Insider." He has had the opportunity to interview figures from allfacets of both sports and entertainment: From Mickey Mantle to Derek Jeter, Muhammad Ali to Oscar de la Hoya, and Desi Arnez to Brad Pitt. O'Brien has also had numerous guest roles in both movies and television shows, including BASEketball, Picket Fences, Murphy Brown, The Simpsons andEverybody Loves Raymond. He also has several credits for his work on the comedic website FunnyorDie.com, which include his "All-Access Insider Olympic Show" reports and "O'Brien & Brian," which chronicles his adventures with his new manager, Brian.
In 1996, O'Brien hosted a series of syndicated television specials with gymnastics legend Mary Lou Retton called "The Road to Olympic Gold." He then returned to the 2000 Olympics as host of CNBC's coverage of the events in Sydney, Australia, marking the first-ever complete cable coverage of an Olympic Games. O'Brien also covered the 2002 and 2004 Olympic Games for NBC: He led the coverage on MSNBC in 2002 and on both NBC and MSNBC in 2004.
In addition to being an outstanding broadcaster, O'Brien is an accomplished writer. He has written a regular sports column for the New York Daily News, monthly columns for Inside Sports and Live!magazines and guest columns for The Hollywood Reporter and TV Guide. In 1998, his first book, "Talkin' Sports: A BS-er's Guide," was published by Villard. His second book, a memoir co-authored with biographer Andrew Morton, is set to be released next fall by St. Martin's Press.
O'Brien's legendary career began when he was a production assistant on "The Huntley-Brinkley Report." He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, and also studied international economics at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.
Saturday Jul 9, 2011 21:49 PM ET
I'm one of the graduates of the Betty Ford Center and it's arguably one of the only places where you walk in as one person and out as another.
Thursday Jun 2, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Congressman Weiner's lack of denial and evasive answers will certainly, I can say with certitude, carry this story at least into the next week or so. He does say that he will remain an active member of Twitter.
Thursday May 19, 2011 40:00 PM ET
We have the perfect storm of scandal, and a new era of media to cover it. A former governor of the most populous state in the United States, and arguably the world's most well known movie star/hero discloses that he has had a child out of wedlock with his loyal wife, who happens to be a Kennedy. Not only is this front page in every newspaper in the world, it's the highest trending story on the Internet and every form of social media.
Wednesday Apr 27, 2011 30:00 PM ET
Nobody goes undefeated and nobody dies with dignity once an entertainment show smells the inside of a funeral home, or sees a lonely hearse carrying a celebrity on the final ride.
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