For more than 10 consecutive years, "The O'Reilly Factor" on the FOX News Channel has been the highest rated of any cable news show. No program even comes close.
It is presided over by Bill O'Reilly, the man who smiles when he calls himself, "Your humble correspondent." O'Reilly probably is the most controversial, most frequently discussed TV analyst today.
"The Factor," as most people call it, remains an unequaled blend of news analysis and hard-hitting investigative reporting dropped into what Bill reminds us nightly is "The No Spin Zone."
In addition to his cable show, Bill finds time to turn out a weekly column appearing in more than 300 papers, and to write books.
In light of his accomplishments and his high profile, it is particularly apt that his latest book is a deeply personal and revealing memoir. O'Reilly explains the title came about when he remembered how one of his first teachers looked at him in class and said, "William, you are a bold fresh piece of humanity."
And so that's what he named it, because "a bold fresh piece of humanity" is what he truly is. Not surprising at all to Bill's millions of viewers, listeners and readers. Or to his often agitated critics.
The memoir comes on the heels of Bill's four previous non-fiction works, all of which vaulted to No. 1 on The New York Times list of best-sellers. In addition, "The O'Reilly Factor for Kids" outsold all other children's non-fiction during its run, and the paperback version of "Culture Warrior" hit the top 10 in its first week of release.
Bill was certainly fresh, and already bold, when he started his broadcasting career in Scranton, Pennsylvania, before moving on to report and anchor in other places such as Dallas, Boston and New York. His national exposure began with CBS and ABC News, and as host of the first version of "Inside Edition." It was in 1996 that O'Reilly landed at FOX News.
Along the way, as Bill gained his considerable following, he has also accumulated more than his share of journalism awards, including three Emmys, the latest being the special 2008 Governor's Award in his old Boston stomping ground.
O'Reilly was born in Manhattan but raised on Long Island. His bachelor's degree is in history from Marist College, and he has a master's in broadcast journalism from Boston University and another master's Degree in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
And what does Bill do in his spare time? Well first, before he can come up with an answer to that, he has to have some spare time.
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