Played QB for Marist College's football team; later played semipro baseball.
After college (and before earning a master's degree in broadcast journalism), taught at a Catholic high school in south Florida.
Was a columnist for the Boston Herald in the 1980s.
Won local Emmy awards while working as a reporter for TV stations in Denver (for a skyjacking story) and New York City (for corruption among city marshals).
Covered the fall of the Berlin Wall for Inside Edition.
In addition to his books of political commentary and his syndicated newspaper column, wrote a children's book (The O'Reilly Factor for Kids: A Survival Guide for America's Families, published in 2004) and a 1998 novel (Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television and Murder).
Was ranked number four on Newsweek's "Power 50" list of the 50 highest-earning political figures of 2010.
2015, Emmy — Outstanding Television Movie: Nominee
2014, Emmy — Outstanding Television Movie: Nominee
Madeline O'Reilly — Daughter
Maureen McPhilmy — Wife
Spencer O'Reilly — Son
Angela 'Ann' O'Reilly — Mother
William James O'Reilly Sr. — Father
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, United States (BA in History); Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States (MS in Broadcast Journalism); Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA, US (MA in Public Policy)