The highly conservative Bill O’Reilly was once one of America’s most popular political commentators. But his career took a major hit in 2017 over a sexual harassment scandal involving six different women. Here’s a look at how the controversial figure dealt with the aftermath.
Born in Manhattan in 1949, Bill O’Reilly studied history at Poughkeepsie’s Marist College. He then moved to Miami for two years to teach both English and history to high school students. Later, he studied another degree in broadcast journalism, this time at Boston University. While there, O’Reilly began reporting for numerous local newspapers and interned at WBZ-TV. He subsequently landed a TV gig as an anchorman for Pennsylvania’s WNEP-TV.
O’Reilly received local Emmys for his stints at Denver’s KMGH-TV and New York’s WCBS-TV. His career reached new heights in 1982 when he became a CBS correspondent. O’Reilly covered the wars in the Falkland Islands and El Salvador before quitting in acrimonious circumstances. He then moved to ABC News. There, he worked on Nightline, Good Morning America and World News Tonight.