- Began his journalism career in the Army after being drafted in 1941.
- In 1943, he was one of six correspondents who flew with the Eighth Air Force on the first American bombing raid over Germany.
- Worked as a writer on the popular radio show Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts in 1949 and later on television for The Garry Moore Show.
- His CBS News special Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington won a Peabody award in 1975.
- His support of striking members of the Writers Guild of America and refusal to appear on-air resulted in a salary freeze by CBS in 1987.
- A friend of slain World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle, he was bestowed a lifetime achievement award named in Pyle's honor by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in June 2003.
- Received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003.
- Won the Best Script of the Year award from the Writers Guild of America multiple times.
- Marguerite Howard Rooney — Wife (deceased)
- Brian Rooney — Son
- Martha Rooney Fishel — Daughter
- Ellen Rooney — Daughter
- Emily Rooney — Daughter
- Ellinor Reynolds Rooney — Mother
- Nancy Reynolds Rooney — Sister
- Walter Scott Rooney — Father
- Attended Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
- Birth Name: Andrew Aitken Rooney
- Birth Place: Albany, NY
- Birthday: January 14, 1919, Capricorn
- Died: November 4, 2011
- Profession: Commentator, Journalist
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