Geraldo Rivera Biography – Geraldo Rivera Wiki
Geraldo Rivera is an American journalist, attorney, author, political commentator, and former television host. Rivera hosted the tabloid talk show, Geraldo, from 1987 to 1998. He was known for the live television special The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults. Rivera hosted the news magazine program Geraldo at Large, hosts the occasional broadcast of Geraldo Rivera Reports (in lieu of hosting At Large), and appears regularly on Fox News programs such as The Five. He grew up in Brooklyn and West Babylon, New York, where he attended West Babylon High School. Rivera attended the State University of New York Maritime College, where he was a member of the rowing team. Afterward, he transferred to the University of Arizona, where he continued his involvement in athletics as a goalie on the lacrosse team and graduated with a B.S. in business administration.
Rivera enrolled at Brooklyn Law School in 1966. As a law student, he held internships with the New York County District Attorney under legendary crime-fighter Frank Hogan and Harlem Assertion of Rights, before receiving his J.D. near the top of his class in 1969. He then held a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship in poverty law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the summer of 1969 before being admitted to the New York State Bar later that year.
Rivera began his journalism career as a reporter for WABC-TV in New York where he presented a series exposing the deplorable conditions at the Willowbrook State School for the mentally ill. These award-winning reports led to a government investigation and the institution was eventually shut down. Prior to becoming a member of the original cast of ABC’s Good Morning America, Rivera presented the first television broadcast of the infamous Abraham Zapruder film of the assassination of President John Kennedy as host of ABC’s Good Night America. He also contributed to ABC’s 20/20 for eight years as an investigative reporter. One of his hour-long reports, “The Elvis Cover-Up” was for more than two decades 20/20’s highest-rated shows. In 1987, Geraldo began producing and hosting “The Geraldo Rivera Show” for 11 years. In 1998, he hosted a series of investigative specials on NBC.
The winner of the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award (his third) for his NBC News documentary on “Women In Prison,” and the Scripps Howard Foundation national journalism award for “Back to Bedlam,” Rivera has received more than 170 awards for journalism, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, three national and seven local Emmys, two Columbia-Dupont and two additional Scripps Howard Journalism Awards. Prior to joining Fox News, Rivera served as host of CNBC’s number-one rated prime time show, Rivera Live, where his critically-acclaimed coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil trial verdict set an all-time CNBC rating record. Rivera is the author of seven books.
Geraldo Rivera Age
He was born on July 4, 1943, in New York City, United States.
Geraldo Rivera Family
He is the son of Cruz “Allen” Rivera and Lillian. His father was a cab driver while his mother was a restaurant worker. Rivera’s father was a Puerto Rican Catholic and his mother was of Russian Jewish descent. He was raised “mostly Jewish” and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
Geraldo Rivera Wife
He is married to his wife Erica Michelle Levy. The two were married in 2003. He was previously married to Linda Coblentz from 1965 to 1969, Edith Vonnegut from 1971 to 1975, Sherryl Raymond from 1976 to 1984, and C.C. Dyer from 1987 to 2000.
He has five kids, Gabriel Miguel born in July 1979, Isabella Holmes born in 1992, Simone Cruickshank born in 1994, and Solita Liliana Rivera born in 2003.
Geraldo Rivera Salary
His salary is unclear.
Geraldo Rivera Net Worth
Geraldo Rivera’s net worth is estimated to be $20 Million.
Geraldo Rivera Height
He stands at a height of 5 feet and 9 inches (1.76m) tall.