11-time Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, a longtime contributing correspondent to “60 Minutes,” is widely recognized as one of the finest journalists of his generation and a highly respected authority on the most pressing issues in the world of sport. In November 2018 he was named the Anchor and Executive Producer of The Athletic, the digital sports media company based in San Francisco. In that role Keteyian will report long form pieces for the site and serve as a strong creative voice in the launching of its video platform.
Prior to joining The Athletic Keteyian spent 12 years in various roles as a CBS News correspondent based in New York. In that capacity he was the lead correspondent for “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime from 2013 to 2017 and the Chief Investigative Correspondent for CBS News from March 2006 until November 2012.
From 2008-2010 Keteyian won three straight Emmy awards for his reporting in the prestigious “Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast” category for stories that aired on the “CBS Evening News.” In September 2011 he was honored for his revealing 2010 story “Photocopiers: Hidden Dangers.” In September 2010 he was honored for “Rape in America: Justice Denied,” a five-month 2009 investigation into the startling backlog of tens of thousands of rape kits in this country. In 2009 he was honored for “V.A. Suicides – Cover-Up Exposed” that aired in 2008.
From December 1997 to March 2006, Keteyian was a special features reporter for CBS Sports in New York where he roamed the sidelines of top NFL games and covered the league for The NFL Today. He also regularly covered the NCAA Basketball Tournament and anchored the network’s award-winning coverage of the Tour de France. During that period he was also a featured correspondent for HBO Sport’s award-winning magazine show Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
In July of 2002, HBO Sports, as part of its highly-acclaimed “Sports of the 20th Century” series, aired a documentary co-produced and co-written by Keteyian entitled A City on Fire: The Story of the ‘68 Detroit Tigers.
In 2017 he was Executive Producer and lead writer on the Showtime documentary “Lawrence Phillips – Running for his Life,” a searing look at the troubled life of the former University of Nebraska running back.
Prior to joining CBS and HBO, Keteyian worked as a network correspondent for ABC News in New York for eight years (1989-97). During that time he wrote and reported more than 400 stories on a wide variety of sports-related issues for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline, and other ABC News broadcasts. Prior to joining ABC News, Keteyian worked as a writer-reporter for Sports Illustrated in New York for seven years (1982-89) specializing in investigations. While there he reported on subjects ranging from corruption in college football and basketball, to sports gambling in America, to point shaving scandals, to the widening use of steroids in professional and amateur sports.
Keteyian has also written or co-written 10 books, including the No.1 New York Times best-selling biography “Tiger Woods” with co-author Jeff Benedict published in March 2018 by Simon & Schuster. His previous collaboration with Benedict in 2012 resulted in the instant New York Times bestseller “The System,” a look deep inside big-time college football. Among Keteyian’s previous books are “Why You Crying,” the New York Times bestselling 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 David Stern; the New York Times bestseller Raw Recruits, and the autobiographies of baseball great Catfish Hunter and Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary.
Keteyian began his career as a sports and feature writer in San Diego. A native of Michigan, he graduated cum laude in 1976 with a BA in Journalism from San Diego State where he started as an infielder on the baseball team. He lives in Fairfield, CT. and San Clemente, CA., with Dede, his wife of 39 years.
In The Press
“Armen Keteyian is not a typical sideline reporter. He’s a news guy, capable of being fair, accurate, and tough.”
THE BOSTON GLOBE.
"Armen Keteyian’s touching [Super Bowl] report on the sons of quarterbacks Jim Kelly, Trent Dilfer and Boomer Esiason, who are either coping with or have lost battles to diseases…was a winner.”
“Armen is a smart, aggressive, tenacious reporter and investigative journalism is in his blood.”
SEAN McMANUS, Chairman,
"Armen Keteyian’s [Super Bowl] feature on the Tampa Bay Bucs’ John Lynch and other NFL players was one of the best features I’ve seen on television.”
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE.
“Armen Keteyian is the perfect correspondent for our new program. He has the reporting experience in news and sports and at 60 MINUTES to bring us high quality 60 MINUTES stories for the new sports program.”
Executive Producer, 60 MINUTES and 60 MINUTES SPORTS.
“In hiring Armen Keteyian from ABC News, CBS and HBO now have a rare and valued bird – a real-deal, non-pandering journalist within the network’s sports departments.”