Geraldo Rivera joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in November 2001 as a war correspondent. He is currently stationed in Afghanistan covering Operation "Enduring Freedom. Previously, 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 ratings record.
Rivera began his 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.
Before 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 then began an eight-year association with ABC’s 20/20 as an investigative reporter before producing and hosting The Geraldo Rivera Show for eleven years. He also hosted a series of investigative specials on NBC and regularly appeared on The Today Show.
Rivera is a veteran foreign correspondent who has been on the frontlines in virtually every international conflict since 1973. He has expertise in the Afghanistan region, covering the international drug wars of tribal territories in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. His vast war experience has spanned the violent coup in Chile and the Yom Kippur War to the civil wars in Guatemala, the Philippines and Nicaragua as well as the ethnic conflicts in Lebanon (1980-83) and Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo (1998-1999). Recently, he went to Colombia to cover the country’s civil war.
The winner of the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award (his third) for his NBC News documentary on Women In Prison, 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 three Scripps Howard Journalism Awards. Rivera is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Brooklyn Law School and is the author of seven books.