Tony Kornheiser

Anthony Irwin "Tony" Kornheiser is famous among his fans as an American sportswriter, television and radio talk show host, columnist for The Washington Post, sports commentator and an author. But most of all Kornheiser gained his high reputation due to The Tony Kornheiser Show on radio in various forms since 1992.

Tony was born on July 13, 1948 and raised in Lynbrook, New York. He attended George W. Hewlett High School (commonly known as Hewlett High School, and replacing Woodmere High School). He was one of the school’s numerous notable alumni students, including Edward Fitzgerald Burns – the producer, actor and film writer best known for Saving Private Ryan – and Brian Burns – the Emmy nominated American film and television screenwriter, producer and director.

After high school he enrolled at Binghamton University where he completed his graduation with a degree in english in 1970, and that was also the time when he started his career in journalism. Kornheiser is the most pampered, and a single child of Ira (1910–2000) and Estelle Kornheiser (1915-1978). He grew up in a Jewish family and was inspired by religion. He is currently living with his wife and his two children in Washington D.C.

The same year he graduated, the now Long Island native Tony started writing for Newsday in New York City and continued it for six years. In 1976 he quit his job at Newsday for The New York Times, while also working as a teacher. Then, he got shifted to the Washington Post in 1979 and started writing for sports and style sections. After five years of working as a writer, he got promoted to a full-time columnist.

In 1997, he joined ESPN and wrote for various columns for the ESPN the Magazine called Parting Shots, as part of a ESPN Radio contract. After 11 years of hard work and published columns such as ‘A Few Choice Words’ and ‘Monday Night Diary’, Kornheiser was announced in 2008 to have accepted a buyout from the Post. "I love the paper. They were great to me every day that I was there. But I don't do much for the paper anymore", he told Reuters. However, 2 years later in 2010, he said on-air during one of his radio shows that he was fired from the Washington Post in a “despicable way”.

Alongside his print career, Kornheiser was very much aware of radio and hosted his show named, The Tony Kornheiser Show. The show was at first locally on WTEM. After sometime, he became the co-host of the popular show on ESPN, Pardon the Interruption. He also wrote a few books like Bald as I Wanna Be and The Baby Chase. As for the Tony Kornheiser Show, it is relaunched as a podcast-only show. When asked what pushed the 67 year old to do that, he said that he wanted to own his content, which admittedly is a valid reason for someone with that much experience in the field, who respects his vast fan base. On the show, Tony is joined by long time regulars from the world of sports, politics and news, as well as the wide array of special guests that his most faithful listeners have come to expect.

Many girls were behind Tony due to his good looks but eventually he got married with Karril, in 1973. After their marriage, they had no children and that created some problems between them. Their friend circle used to pamper their babies and they were still waiting for one. Tony decided to stay away from his social circle and the situation was that they both decided to sign a divorce. However, their cooperative nature and trust between them, helped them reach an understanding of not having a divorce and after few years, they made a family with two children named Michael and Elizabeth.

Now, it’s been a very long time and Tony and Karril are carrying their relationship with maturity and mutual understanding that there are no chances of their separation, in the foreseeable future. They have been a sweet happy couple for such a long time because they both are very supportive and cooperative to each other, and most importantly, trust has played a crucial role in maintaining their relationship. Tony is living with the first and the last love of his life, his wife Karril. They both belong to the old-school way of thinking, back when couples used to repair broken relationships, not toss them.

As for his social life, Kornheiser has always been involved in controversies due to his frank statements. Although he was never involved in any affairs, he has made many controversial remarks in his career. It was even reported that he got suspended from ESPN because of a controversial statement on air about a fellow ESPN employee.

Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She's got on red go-go boots and a catholic school plaid skirt. Way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now. And she's got on her typically very, very tight shirt. So she looks like she's got sausage casing wrapping around her upper body. I mean, I know she's very good, and I'm not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won't ... But, Hannah Storm, come on now! Stop! What are you doing? ... [She's] what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point.”

Yet, his work is so good that he even got a chance to have a lunch with former President Barack Obama as a guest in The White House. Mr. Obama then invited Tony to a gold game the next day which happened to be the latter’s 65th birthday; how can anyone say no to that! The achieved radio host and former Washington Post columnist has, through his hard work, gained major popularity all over the world. His current net worth is of 8 million dollars.

Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020

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