Due to his dearth of journalistic experience, ABC arranged for Rivera to study introductory broadcast journalism under Fred Friendly in the Ford Foundation-funded Summer Program in Journalism for Members of Minority Groups at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1970.
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.
His first and second marriage lasted only for four years.
He has one son from his third marriage, two daughters from fourth marriage and one daughter from fifth marriage.
Rivera publicly criticized Arledge's journalistic integrity, claiming that his friendship with the Kennedy family (for example, Pierre Salinger, a former Kennedy aide, worked for ABC News at the time) had caused him to spike the story; as a result, Rivera was fired.
During a Fox News interview with Megan Kelly aired May 15, 2015, Rivera stated the official reason given for the firing was that he violated ABC policy when he donated 0 to a non-partisan mayoral race candidate.
He was also in a relationship with other more than half a dozen celebrities prior to his marriage.
He was married to a television personality as well as a painter.
The show featured the famous refrain from Arlo Guthrie's hit "City of New Orleans" (written by Steve Goodman) as the theme.
A 1975 episode of the program, featuring Dick Gregory and Robert J.
An American attorney, reporter, author, and talk show host who currently hosts "Geraldo Rivera Reports" on Fox News Channel. degree in business administration from the University of Arizona.
He is a son of Lillian, a waitress and Cruz "Allen" Rivera, a restaurant worker. In 1970 he joined WABC-TV as a reporter for Eyewitness News.
Rivera was born at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, New York, the son of Lillian (née Friedman) and Cruz "Allen" Rivera (October 1, 1915 – November 1987), a restaurant worker and cab driver.