Keith Jackson

American sports announcer

Keith Max Jackson (October 18, 1928 – January 12, 2018) was an American sportscaster. He was known for his coverage of college football games.

Keith Jackson
Keith Max Jackson

(1928-10-18)October 18, 1928
DiedJanuary 12, 2018(2018-01-12) (aged 89)
Alma materWashington State University, 1954
Years active1952–2006
Turi Ann Johnsen
(m. 1952)
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  U.S. Marine Corps
Years of service1946–1950[1]
Battles/warsCold War

Early life


Jackson was born Keith Max Jackson in Roopville, Georgia on October 18, 1928. He served in the military of the United States during the Cold War. He studied at Washington State University. In 1952, he married Turi Ann Johnsen.



Jackson was known for his career with ABC Sports (1966–2006), his intelligent yet folksy coverage of college football (1952–2006), and his distinctive voice,[2] with its deep cadence and operatic tone said to be "like Edward R. Murrow reporting on World War II, the voice of ultimate authority in college football."[3]

On January 12, 2018, Jackson died in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California at the age of 89.[4]


  1. Simon, Mark (July 2, 2003). "Jackson returning to his broadcast roots". ESPN. Retrieved October 12, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. Erskine, Chris (September 10, 2013). "Whoa, Nellie! Keith Jackson talks Cosell, college football and cotton". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  3. Broadcaster Keith Jackson set to retire Archived 2007-10-01 at the Wayback Machine, The Sporting News, April 27, 2006.
  4. Legendary Broadcaster Keith Jackson Dies at 89

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