Armen Keteyian (born March 6, 1953) is an American television journalist and author. He is currently a contributing correspondent to 60 Minutes. In that capacity he has delivered stories on the Baylor sexual assault scandal, the systematic, state-sponsored doping of Russian Olympic athletes and Alabama head football coach Nick Saban. In October 2016 he received the prestigious Ben Franklin Luminaire Award for Distinguished Service from the metro New York printing, advertising, publishing and visual communications industries for his "outstanding accomplishments and contributions to American society...and unwavering efforts to bring light to such important and diverse topics as the NFL concussion issue, the Penn State scandal, military veteran suicides, steroid use and sports gambling." Previous Franklin honorees include Walter Cronkite, Malcolm Forbes, John Glenn, Clive Davis, Henry Luce and Margaret Mead.
Early life and career
Keteyian was born in Detroit, Michigan, and is of Armenian descent. 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.
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). In June of 1982 he was hired as a 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.
An 11-time Emmy award winner, Keteyian was named a full-time correspondent for Showtime's 60 Minutes Sports, a monthly sports magazine show beginning in January 2013. The show completed a four-year run in March 2017 after more than 50 episodes. Prior to that he was CBS News' chief investigative correspondent for seven years (began March 2006), after spending nine years as a sportscaster for HBO and CBS Sports.
He joined ABC News in New York City 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 10 books including the New York Times best sellers, The System, an inside look at big-time college football and 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 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.
CBS Sports and CBS News
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.
For the 2005 and the 2006 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. 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 was also the sideline reporter for the infamous Snow Bowl between the Patriots and Raiders on January 19, 2002.
Keteyian served as a contributor for the Super Bowl XLI in February 2007, and appeared on The NFL Today on Sunday December 23, 2007 with a one-on-one interview with New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.
Of Keteyian's 11 Emmys, three were for CBS News, including most recently (May 2011) Photocopiers: Hidden Dangers and (Sept 2010) Rape in America: Justice Denied, a two-part investigation into the shocking backlog of rape kits across the country. 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).
According to Sharyl Attkisson in her book Stonewalled, CBS News became so hostile to any investigative reporting into the Obama Administration that "She notes that [CBS News], which under previous hosts Dan Rather, Katie Couric and Bob Schieffer largely gave her free rein, became so hostile to real reporting that investigative journalist Armen Keteyian and his producer Keith Summa asked for their unit to be taken off the program’s budget (so they could pitch stories to other CBS News programs), then Summa left the network entirely."
He also was a featured correspondent for HBO Sports' Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, from 1998–2006 and returned to the show from April 2010-December 2012. He has twice won Emmy Awards for RS in Sports Journalism (for 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 has 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 premature deaths of many professional wrestlers; the rise of unscrupulous player agents in college sports; and the risks and realities of AIDS in sports.
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 is the co-author of "The System," a detailed look inside major college football to be published by Doubleday in the fall of 2013. He lives in Fairfield, CT, with his wife, Dede. He is currently working on a book about Tiger Woods with co-author Jeff Benedict to be published by Simon & Schuster in April of 2018.
- "AIM". Armenian International Magazine. 10. 1999.
Armen Keteyian is probably the best known Armenian-American sports journalist in the US.
- "Armen Keteyian". 26 August 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- "CBS Press Express - CBS NEWS CHIEF INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT (and former "NFL ON CBS" reporter) ARMEN KETEYIAN SITS DOWN FOR RARE ONE-ON-ONE WITH NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK FOR WEEK 16 OF"THE NFL TODAY" ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23". Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- "Ex-CBS reporter's book reveals how liberal media protects Obama". New York Post. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2016.