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About Tony Kornheiser

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By Jack Chavez

Tony Kornheiser’s career has spanned parts of five decades, and he’s still going.

Kornheiser was born on July 13, 1948, to Ira and Estelle Kornheiser. He was raised in Lynnbrook, New York, on Long Island, and attended George W. Hewlett High School in nearby Hewlett. He rooted for New York City professional sports teams including the Knicks, Jets, and baseball’s Giants. After the Giants left for San Francisco in 1957, Kornheiser did not switch to the Yankees, opting instead to become a fan of the New York Mets when they were founded five years later.

Kornheiser attended Harpur College (present-day Binghamton University) in Binghamton, N.Y., where he graduated with a degree in English in 1970. He married his wife Karril in 1973. They have a son and a daughter, Michael and Elizabeth.

Following college, Kornheiser worked for Newsday from 1970 to 1976 and The New York Times from 1976-1979. In 1979, he took a job with The Washington Post as a general assignment reporter in both the sports and style sections. In 1984 he became a full-time sports columnist. From 1989 to 2001, he also wrote Sunday columns for The Post’s Style section.

Kornheiser met Michael Wilbon during his first year at The Post. Together, in 2001, they started the late-afternoon ESPN show “Pardon The Interruption,” a daily rundown of current events in the sports world. In 2009, the show won a Sports Emmy Award for “Daily Outstanding Studio Show.”

“The Tony Kornheiser Radio Show” first went live in 1992 on WTEM in Washington, D.C. ESPN Radio began syndicating the show nationwide in 1998. The show, no a podcast, has been a staple on Washington airwaves.

Kornheiser also mixes music, entertainment, politics, and pop culture into his show. This format closely resembles Kornheiser’s expertise as both a sports and style columnist for The Washington Post, which he left for good in 2010.