2010 Best of New York Award

Geraldo Rivera
“Geraldo at Large”

Geraldo Rivera, the attorney, journalist, writer, investigative reporter and veteran newsman who currently hosts “Geraldo at Large” on the Fox News Channel, attended New York City Community College (now New York City College of Technology) and also is an alumnus of the University of Arizona and the State University of New York Maritime College. He earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, did post-graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Following a brief career in law enforcement and the legal profession, his work attracted the attention of television news producer Al Primo. Mr. Rivera became a reporter for WABC-TV and earned a Peabody Award for his reports on the abuse of mentally impaired patients at Staten Island’s Willowbrook State School. These reports led to a government shut-down of the infamous institution.

A member of the original cast of “Good Morning America,” he later hosted “Good Night America” and presented the first television broadcast of the Zapruder film of the assassination of President Kennedy. He covered John Lennon’s murder in late 1980 and appeared in the 2007 film, The U.S. vs. John Lennon, a movie about Lennon and Yoko Ono’s lives in New York City. One of his reports for “20/20” on the untimely death of Elvis Presley concluded that the rock star had died from a drug overdose. The evidence Rivera gathered contributed to the State of Tennessee revoking the medical license of the rock star’s physician for overprescribing.

Mr. Rivera is a veteran war correspondent, the winner of three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and 170 other awards, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, three national and seven local Emmys, two Columbia-Dupont and three Scripps Howard Journalism Awards. He is the author of seven books, including His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S. 

Throughout a long and distinguished career that has taken him to every quarter of the world, Mr. Rivera has boldly reported on both the tragic and triumphant sides of the human experience. Of Geraldo Rivera, political satirist Stephen Colbert has said, “He really is changing the world with every interview he does ... changing the great ship of human destiny with his will toward justice.”