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  1998   Arts and Entertainment   February 14, 1948
    Sioux Falls, SD  
Pat O’Brien
Pat O’Brien has become a household name for his work on television, and more particularly television sporting events. His work in the television industry and sports commentating has propelled his career to the top of the entertainment business.

O'Brien began his career with CBS Sports in 1981 as a sports news reporter. He has hosted two Winter Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the NBA and Major League All-Star games, the NCAA Final Four Tournament, the US Open Tennis Championships, college football’s national championship game, the World Figure Skating Championships and other premier sporting events.

In addition to his work for CBS Sports, O'Brien is the co-host of the reality-based primetime Learning Channel series HOW’D THEY DO THAT' He writes monthly columns in LIVE! Magazine and has written a weekly column in the sports section of theNew York Daily News, a monthly column in Inside Sports magazine and guest columns in TV Guide. He authored a book Talkin’ Sports, a BS-er’s Guide.

O'Brien is one of the voices of GGP Sports, hosting their College Football Previews and the successful Pat O’Brien College Basketball Special, as well as GGP’s Celebrity Sports Invitational. It was in 1990 that O’Brien’s duties expanded to include hosting CBS Sports’ World Series broadcasts, serving as a contributor for "The NFL Today" and hosting both NBA and college basketball coverage. He also anchored the network’s popular late-night broadcasts of the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games, as well as the World Figure Skating Championships.

He put his stamp on the 1996 Summer Olympics with a series of syndicated specials called "The Road to Olympic Gold," which he hosted with Olympic great Mary Lou Retton. He has also hosted two live primetime television specials sponsored by Coca-Cola: "Live Backstage at the Super Bowl" and "Live Backstage at the World Cup."

Pat O'Brien can be seen daily as co-host of "ACCESS HOLLYWOOD," the daily half-hour entertainment news program from Twentieth Television and NBC.

1970 Researcher, NBC News, Washington, DC
Reporter, WMAQ-TV, Chicago, IL
1977 Reporter KNXT (now KCBS-TV)
1981 Reporter – Sports Host, CBS Sports

While at Los Angeles KCBS-TV he earned four local Emmy Awards. In 1987 he was awarded the Los Angeles Press Club Award.

 
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