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Armen  Keteyian

Armen Keteyian

Sports Journalist

Armen Keteyian

Sports Journalist


Armen Keteyian is CBS News' chief investigative correspondent. Prior to that, he had been a special features reporter for CBS Sports since 1997, primarily roaming the sidelines during top NFL games and covering the league for The NFL Today. He contributed to the network's coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship and Final Four, and hosted and co-wrote CBS Sports' coverage of the Tour de France.

Keteyian was also a featured correspondent for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel since 1997. Additionally, he co-produced and co-wrote A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers, a 2002 documentary aired as part of HBO's "Sports of the 20th Century" series.

Keteyian is the recipient of eight Emmy Awards, including four for CBS Sports, three for coverage of the Tour de France (2002-04), 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—one for a report on the financing of the Bank One Ballpark in Arizona (1998) and one for a story on high school basketball star Amare Stoudemire (2001).

Before that, Keteyian was a correspondent for ABC News in New York (1989-97), for which he reported and wrote more than 400 stories for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline, and other ABC News broadcasts on topics such as 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.

A powerful voice in sports journalism, Armen Keteyian sheds light on the darker side of America’s favorite pastime, hoping to restore integrity to the game. He shares stories from his seasoned career in enlightening keynotes on ethics in sports.

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).

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 such as corruption in college football and basketball, sports gambling in America, point shaving scandals, and the widening use of steroids in professional and amateur 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.

He has written or co-written nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers Why You Crying?, the autobiography of actor/comedian George Lopez, and Raw Recruits. His previous books include Money Players: Days and Nights Inside the New NBA, a critically acclaimed account of the NBA’s rise under David Stern, and the biographies of baseball great Catfish Hunter and Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary.

Keteyian graduated cum laude from San Diego State University in 1976 with a bachelor's in journalism.

Speech Topics

Ethics Between the Lines: Is Integrity Gone from Sports?