updated 2/5/2004 10:36:21 PM ET 2004-02-06T03:36:21

Keith Olbermann is host of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” The news program, dedicated to all of the day’s top stories, telecasts weeknights, 8-9 p.m. ET.

Olbermann is a veteran news and sports anchor with over 20 years of experience in radio and television broadcasting. He was recently named NBC Sports’ primary cable host of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where he will anchor weekday coverage of the Olympics on MSNBC, weekend coverage on CNBC, and act as contributor for NBC’s primetime coverage of the Olympic games.

Prior to joining MSNBC, Olbermann provided twice-daily commentary, “Speaking of Sports,” for ABC Radio Network. Previously, he was a regular contributor on CNN.
Olbermann began his career with NBC in 1997, when he was anchor for NBC Sports, hosting the World Series and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, and contributing to pre-game coverage of the Super Bowl. During that time he was also host of two primetime news programs on MSNBC, “The Big Show,” and “White House In Crisis.”

Olbermann may be best known for anchoring ESPN’s “Sportscenter” from 1992 to 1997, when his inimitable style made the blend of pop culture and sports a hallmark of the modern television sports reporter. While at ESPN, Olbermann helped launch ESPN2 and ESPN Radio network, and wrote the critically acclaimed book “The Big Show” about his experiences working on “Sportscenter.”

Olbermann is the recipient of numerous distinguished awards in radio and television broadcasting, including the 1995 Cable Ace Award for Best Sportscaster, 11 Golden Mike Awards for excellence in television and radio, and four Sports Emmy Awards. Olbermann also received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the events of 9/11.

In addition to his extensive broadcasting experience, Olbermann has written for dozens of publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated and Playboy. His first book, “The Major League Coaches,” was published when he was 14.

Olbermann received a bachelor’s of science degree in communications arts from Cornell University. He lives in New York City.

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