Pat O'Brien Emmy-award winning reporter and anchor, joined FOX Sports Radio and the Loose Cannons in August, 2010. O'Brien is widely known for his 16-year association with CBS Sports, where he worked from 1981 until 1997. While at CBS, he covered two Olympic Games, in addition to anchoring live coverage of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the NBA Finals. Additionally, while at the network, he hosted the primetime variety show "How'd They Do That?".
O’Brien has a rich background in entertainment as well as sports, as he previously anchored both "Access Hollywood" and "The Insider." He has had the opportunity to interview figures from all facets of both sports and entertainment: From Mickey Mantle to Derek Jeter, Muhammad Ali to Oscar de la Hoya, and Desi Arnez to Brad Pitt. O'Brien has also had numerous guest roles in both movies and television shows, including BASEketball, Picket Fences, Murphy Brown, The Simpsons and Everybody Loves Raymond. He also has several credits for his work on the comedic website FunnyorDie.com, which include his "All-Access Insider Olympic Show" reports and "O'Brien & Brian," which chronicles his adventures with his new manager, Brian.
In 1996, O'Brien hosted a series of syndicated television specials with gymnastics legend Mary Lou Retton called "The Road to Olympic Gold." He then returned to the 2000 Olympics as host of CNBC's coverage of the events in Sydney, Australia, marking the first-ever complete cable coverage of an Olympic Games. O'Brien also covered the 2002 and 2004 Olympic Games for NBC: He led the coverage on MSNBC in 2002 and on both NBC and MSNBC in 2004.
In addition to being an outstanding broadcaster, O'Brien is an accomplished writer. He has written a regular sports column for the New York Daily News, monthly columns for Inside Sports and Live! magazines and guest columns for The Hollywood Reporter and TV Guide. In 1998, his first book, "Talkin' Sports: A BS-er's Guide," was published by Villard. His second book, a memoir co-authored with biographer Andrew Morton, is set to be released next fall by St. Martin's Press.
O'Brien's legendary career began when he was a production assistant on "The Huntley-Brinkley Report." He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, and also studied international economics at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.