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February 15, 2006


Armen Keteyian, an eight-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, will join CBS News as Chief Investigative correspondent, it was announced by Sean McManus, President, CBS News and CBS Sports. The appointment is effective March 6.

Keteyian will head a new investigative unit at CBS News, reporting primarily for the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH BOB SCHIEFFER.

"Armen is a smart, aggressive and tenacious reporter, and investigative journalism is in his blood," said McManus. "This new unit is a significant step towards increasing the number of investigative stories CBS News breaks and will bolster and complement the work currently being done by other correspondents."

Keteyian has 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 for the last four years. Keteyian also was a featured correspondent for HBO Sports' "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" since 1997. 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 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) -- and 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).

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


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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.

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 has written or co-written nine books, including New York Times bestsellers Why You Crying? (Touchstone, 2004), the autobiography of actor/comedian George Lopez, and Raw Recruits (Pocket Books, 1990). Among his previous books are: Money Players: Days and Nights Inside the New NBA (Pocket Books, 1997), a critically acclaimed account of the rise of the NBA under David Stern, and the autobiographies of baseball great Catfish Hunter and Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary.

Keteyian was born in Detroit, Mich. He was graduated cum laude from San Diego State University in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Keteyian lives with his wife and two children in New Canaan, Conn.

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