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Keith Olbermann began his professional career at UPI and the RKO Radio Network before joining CNN in 1981. In 1992, Olbermann joined ESPN hosting their flagship show, "Sportscenter", a position he held until 1997. While at ESPN, Olbermann expanded his duties on ESPN2 as their "marquee" personality to help launch the network in 1993. In 1997, Keith left ESPN to host a primetime show on MSNBC, "The Big Show With Keith Olbermann". In 1998, Olbermann joined Fox Network as an anchor and executive producer of "The Keith Olbermann Evening News". In 2003, Olbermann launched his own show, "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" on MSNBC until early 2011. Later in 2011, Keith took the position of Chief News Officer for Current TV, for which he hosted a one-hour primetime program also entitled "Countdown With Keith Olbermann". Olbermann was the head writer for all of the Countdown editions.
Olbermann has written for dozens of publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated and Playboy. Additionally, he authored four books, the first of which was with his former "Sportscenter" co-host Dan Patrick, entitled "The Big Show - A Tribute to ESPN's SportsCenter". The remaining three were The New York Times bestseller entitled, Pitchforks and Torches: The Worst of the Worst, from Beck, Bill, and Bush to Palin and Other Posturing Republicans, The Worst Person in the World: And 202 Strong Contenders and Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values.
Olbermann began college at age 16. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Communications from Cornell University when he was 20 years old.