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Armen Keteyian (born March 6, 1953) is an American television journalist and author. He is currently CBS News' Chief Investigative Correspondent; he also files reports for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

Life and career

Keteyian was born in Detroit, Michigan of Armenian descent. Eight-time Emmy award winner Armen Keteyian was named CBS News' Chief Investigative Correspondent in February 2006 after spending nine years as a Sportscaster for CBS Sports.[1]

Keteyian joined CBS Sports as a special-features reporter in December 1997. Keteyian has been a sideline reporter for the Network's coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship since 1998 and annually contributes reports on key NCAA issues and features on teams and players during CBS Sports' Final Four broadcasts.[2]

For the 2004 and the 2005 NFL Seasons he served as the sideline reporter with the NFL broadcast team of Dick Enberg and Dan Dierdorf after spending six years as the lead sideline reporter with Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms before being replaced by Bonnie Bernstein. He also contributed reports for the NFL Pre-Game show The NFL Today and served as a reporter for the CBS Television Network's coverage of Super Bowl XXXV in February 2001 and Super Bowl XXXVIII February 2004. He served as a reporter for CBS's coverage of the 1998 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano and has been the host and co-writer of the Tour de France (2001-05).

He also is a featured correspondent for HBO Sports' "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," from 1998-2006, for which he has twice won Emmy Awards in Sports Journalism, and for "Inside the NFL. Additionally, Keteyian co-produced and co-wrote "A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers," a 2002 documentary aired as part of HBO Sports' "Sports of the 20th Century" series.

Keteyian began his journalism career as a sports and feature writer in San Diego, freelancing for the San Diego Union-Tribune and San Diego Magazine (1980-82) after spending two years at the Times-Advocate in Escondido (1978-80).. He then joined NBC Sports as a reporter and producer, working on a wide range of programming, including the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

He joined ABC News in New York as a network correspondent in September 1989 and for eight years reported on hard-edged and issue-related sports stories for "ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" and other ABC News broadcasts. He has written or co-written nine books including, the New York Times best seller, Why You Crying?, the autobiography of actor/comedian George Lopez, Money Players: Days and Nights Inside the New NBA, a critically acclaimed account of the rise of the NBA under Commissioner David Stern, and the New York Times best seller Raw Recruits.

Keteyian is a 1971 graduate of Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, MI and graduated cum laude from San Diego State University with a BA degree in journalism in 1976.

He was born March 6, 1953, in Detroit and lives in New Canaan, CT, with his wife, Dede, and their two daughters.

In 2007, as a Contributor for the 2007 Super Bowl in February 2007, appeared on The NFL Today on Sunday December 23, 2007 with a one-on-one interview with New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.[3]

Of Keteyian's eight Emmys, four were for CBS Sports, including three for coverage of the Tour de France (2000-04) and one for a Super Bowl pre-game piece about NFL quarterbacks and their sons (2005). He also has two Sports Journalism Emmys for "Real Sports" - a report on the financing of the Bank One Ballpark in Arizona (1998) and a story on high school basketball star Amare Stoudemire (2001).

The topics on which he reported over the years include point shaving on the North Carolina State University basketball team; the lack of black quarterbacks in the NFL; the killing of show horses for insurance profit; the rise of unscrupulous player agents in college sports; and the risks and realities of AIDS in sports.

Keteyian won a Women's Sports Foundation Journalism Award for a 1993 ABC News report on the landmark Title IX battle at Brown University. He also won 1993 and 1994 Emmy Awards in Sports Journalism and Overall Achievement for his reporting for ESPN’s "Outside the Lines" series.

Prior to joining ABC News, Keteyian was a writer-reporter for Sports Illustrated in New York (1982-89), where he specialized in investigations. While there, he reported on subjects including corruption in college football and basketball, sports gambling in America, point shaving scandals and the widening use of steroids in professional and amateur sports.


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