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O'Reilly, Bill (1942–)

William James “Bill” O'Reilly, Jr., is a journalist, commentator, television personality, syndicated columnist, radio host, and author. He is best known as the host of the cable news program The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, which ranked as the top program among U.S. cable news channels from 2003 to 2006.

After his 1967 graduation from Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York, O'Reilly attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. While at Marist College, he wrote a column for the college newspaper, The Circle, and played football. O'Reilly also studied overseas at the University of London during his junior year of college. In 1971, O'Reilly received a bachelor's degree in history from Marist College. He returned to college and received a Master of Arts ...

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