John “Skip” Bayless, 65, is an American sportswriter, author and television sports commentator from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Bayless earned his degrees in English and History and graduated cum laude in 1974 from Vanderbilt University. He was a sports writer in college and interned as a writer after. He has written for several sports and journalism publications, such as the San Jose Mercury News, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Times Herald, the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald. Over the course of his journalism career, he has earned several awards, such as the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Newspaper Writing in 1977, was voted Texas sportswriter of the year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association three times in the 1970’s-1980’s, won the Lisagor Award for excellence in sports column writing in 1998 and was voted Illinois sportswriter of the year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2000. He has also written 3 books, all published in the 1990’s. He served as a radio host for various radio shows from 1991 until 2004, when he switched into television full time. He has worked for various television shows, most notably ESPN’s Cold Pizza, First Take until 2016. He was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality and Studio Analyst in 2012. He currently serves as a cohost for Skip and Shannon: Undisputed on Fox News Sports and reports a net worth of $7 million as of 2016, and earns $5 million annually at his now home network of Fox News.