An iconic personality best known by his first name, Rivera will continue hosting his Sunday prime time show on Fox News, where he will also remain a frequent contributor to weekday programming throughout the day and during prime time.
"Just a month after I began my first daily radio show, I'm excited to add a second live broadcast. I look forward to expanding the marketplace of ideas on talk radio," Rivera said. "I've said it before and I'll say it again: my slogan is, 'I’m Geraldo and I’m not always right.'"
"Geraldo is already a huge hit in New York, and I know Los Angeles radio will never be the same once Geraldo hits the airwaves there. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with such an iconic figure," said John Dickey, co-Chief Operating Officer of Cumulus.
Born in New York City, Rivera maintained a residence in Los Angeles for 25 years until the attacks of September 11, 2001 ended his bi-coastal life and focused his attention on the battlefields of Afghanistan and later Iraq. He started his broadcast career on WABC-TV's Eyewitness News in 1970. He also contributed a radio commentary on WPLJ and the ABC-FM radio network from 1973 to 1976.
As the Big Apple’s most visible street reporter of the era, Rivera broke numerous award-winning investigations, including the historic expose of the wretched conditions at the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island that resulted in the institution closing and the start of more humane care of the developmentally disabled nationwide. A member of the original casts of ‘Good Morning America’ and ABC’s ‘20/20’, Rivera is a veteran correspondent who also worked on NBC News ‘Dateline’, hosted the syndicated ‘Geraldo Rivera Show’ for eleven years, and hosted CNBC’s top-rated program ‘Rivera Live’, which led the nation’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder trials and the Clinton Impeachment.
The winner of the prestigious Peabody, duPont-Columbia, Scripts-Howard, several Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards, ten local and national Emmys, and many others, Rivera has raised and donated millions for charity. An unfailing supporter of the military, he is the Fox News Channel’s senior war correspondent, and has reported from all the world’s battlefields including Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Lebanon, the civil wars in South and Central America, the Philippines, the entire Middle-East and the Persian Gulf. He is also senior columnist for Fox News Latino. Married to Erica Levy, Rivera is the father of five. He is an attorney and the author of seven books.