For more than ten years, “The O'Reilly Factor” on the FOX News Channel has been the highest rated cable news show. In fact, the program has frequently topped shows offered by the broadcast networks.
Presiding is Bill O'Reilly, among the most talked about, and often the most controversial, TV journalist today. The Factor, as many call it, offers a blend of news analysis and investigative reporting dropped each weeknight into what Mr. O’Reilly has dubbed "The No Spin Zone."
In addition to “The O'Reilly Factor,” Mr. O’Reilly writes weekly column appearing in more than 300 newspapers, and has authored several books, the latest of which is the personal and revealing memoir “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity”. 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."
The memoir, selling over 1 million copies and appearing for many months high up on The New York Times top ten bestseller list, comes on the heels of his four previous non-fiction works, all of which went to number one on that same list. In addition, “The O'Reilly Factor for Kids” outsold all other children's non-fiction in 2005. All in all, more than 5 million copies of O’Reilly’s books are in circulation.
O’Reilly 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.” He joined Fox News in 1996. Along the way, Mr. O’Reilly has gained a considerable following and has earned several honors, including three Emmys, with the latest being the special 2008 Governor's Award from the New England Emmy Chapter.