Armen Keteyian

Armen Keteyian Shares Career Highlights

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By Monique Svazlian Tallon

Special to the Mirror-Spectator

GLENDALE — It’s not every day you get to meet an 11-time Emmy Award winning investigative journalist, and it’s even rarer when that person happens to be Armenian. Armen Keteyian was the featured speaker at the Armenian Professional Society (APS) event on August 23 at the Glendale Central Library where he shared highlights from his incredible 30-year career in journalism.

Keteyian was born in Detroit, the grandson of Armenian immigrants who came to the US in the 1920s through Ellis Island. He went on to graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism and started his career as a sports editor for a local weekly newspaper in La Mesa, Calif., and then worked at a daily newspaper in Escondido, Calif., before moving on to the San Diego Union-Tribune and San Diego Magazine. Through sheer grit and determination, he landed his first break as a reporter at Sports Illustrated in 1982 and within a few years was investigating and reporting on topics such as corruption in college football and basketball, sports gambling in America and the use of steroids amongst professional athletes.

During his talk, Keteyian shared stories of his time as an altar boy at St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Detroit and recalled stories about how his grandmother Vartouhi survived the massacres and death marches of the Armenian Genocide. His upbringing clearly impacted his drive for uncovering the truth and fighting for justice. He went on in his career to work for ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings as a network television correspondent and then to CBS Sports and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

He has anchored events such as the Tour de France and covered the Super Bowl and Final Four on numerous occasions. In 2006 he was named the Chief Investigative Correspondent for CBS News and later, a contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes.” From 2013-2017 he was the lead correspondent for “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime. In addition to his work in television, Keteyian is also the author of numerous New York Times best selling books, including the recent No. 1 best-selling biography on Tiger Woods. He also shared a few insights that he’s learned throughout his impressive career. “If you work hard, people will notice” said Keteyian. “Don’t chase the money – follow your heart, pursue your passion and the money will follow.”

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(Keteyian was the keynote speaker at the Armenian Mirror-Spectator’s anniversary program in 2010 in Boston.)

APS President Nerses Aposhian recently took the reins of APS in early 2018. “We’ve expanded our Board to nine people and this year we’re focused on growing the organization through better marketing, outreach and connecting with other Armenian organizations,” says Aposhian.

APS will hold their 60th Anniversary Diamond Gala on October 21 where they will be awarding scholarships to several graduate student recipients and honoring Salpi Ghazarian with Professional of the Year award, George Phillips, Sr. with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Teni Panosian with the Young Professional of the Year Award. “Our goal is to get both younger and older professionals connected with each other, the Armenian community and in the very near future, create a stronger bridge to Armenia. With the new change in government in Armenia, we see a lot of younger people taking leadership positions and we see a lot of opportunities to give back and do creative things that can further Armenians both here and in Armenia.”

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