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Geraldo Rivera

Attorney + Journalist and Talk Show Host
Born Jul 4, 1943

Geraldo Rivera is an American attorney, journalist, author, reporter, and talk show host. Rivera hosts the newsmagazine program Geraldo at Large and appears regularly on Fox News Channel. He is also well known from his history as a reporter and TV personality, and as the host of the controversial talk show Geraldo from 1987 to 1998.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born on July 4, 1943.


1961 18 Years Old From September 1961 to May 1963, he attended the State University of New York Maritime College, where he was a member of the rowing team.


1965 22 Years Old In 1965, Rivera graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. degree in business administration, and he played goalie on the lacrosse team. … Read More
1969 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1969 near the top of his class; following graduation, he 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. … Read More
1970 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Due to his dearth of journalistic experience, ABC arranged for Rivera to study introductory broadcast journalism under Fred Friendly on a Ford Foundation fellowship for emergent minority journalists at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in the summer of 1970.
1972 29 Years Old In 1972, he garnered national attention and won a Peabody Award for his report on the neglect and abuse of patients with intellectual disabilities at Staten Island's Willowbrook State School, and he began to appear on ABC national programs such as 20/20 and Nightline. … Read More


1975 32 Years Old From 1975 to 1977, Rivera was a correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America. … Read More


1985 42 Years Old In October 1985, ABC's Roone Arledge refused to air a report done by Sylvia Chase for 20/20 on the relationship between Marilyn Monroe and John and Robert Kennedy. … Read More
1986 43 Years Old In April 1986, Rivera hosted the syndicated special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault, an ill-fated adventure wherein Rivera excavated what he had been told was the site of Al Capone's buried treasure trove. … Read More
1987 44 Years Old In 1987, Rivera began producing and hosting the daytime talk show Geraldo, which ran for 11 years. … Read More
1988 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In another in 1988, Rivera's nose was broken in a well-publicized brawl during a show whose guests included white supremacists, antiracist skinheads, black activists, and Jewish activists. … Read More


1994 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Rivera began hosting Rivera Live, nightly discussions of the news on CNBC, while continuing to host Geraldo. … Read More
1997 54 Years Old In 1997, Rivera contracted with NBC to work as a reporter for six years for $30 million, including hosting Rivera Live on CNBC.
1998 55 Years Old During 1998 and 1999, he extensively covered the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
2001 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he accepted a pay cut and went to work for the Fox News Channel as a war correspondent in November 2001. … Read More


2003 60 Years Old Controversy arose in early 2003, while Rivera was traveling with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. … Read More
2005 62 Years Old In 2005, Rivera engaged in a feud with The New York Times over their allegations that he pushed aside a member of a rescue team in order to be filmed "assisting" a woman in a wheelchair down some steps in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. … Read More
2008 65 Years Old In 2008, Rivera's book, titled HisPanic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S., was released.
On January 3, 2012, Rivera began hosting a weekday radio talk show on 77 WABC in New York. … Read More
2013 70 Years Old 1 More Event
Although he considered running as a Republican in the 2013 special election for New Jersey senator (to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg), he eventually decided not to stand for election.
2015 72 Years Old 1 More Event
During a Fox News interview with Megan Kelly aired May 15, 2015, Gerardo stated the official reason given for the firing was that he violated ABC policy when he donated $200 to a non-partisan mayoral race candidate. … Read More
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