- Mother misspelled his last name on his birth certificate; he legally restored it to Rivera when he was an adult.
- Began his career uncovering the poor living conditions at the Willowbrook State School for the mentally ill in 1972 while working for WABC; later authored his first book, Willowbrook, based on the scandal.
- Was the first anchor to air the "Zapruder Film" of JFK's assassination on network television in 1975.
- Released his autobiography, Exposing Myself, in 1991.
- Is an avid sailor and donated his sailboat Voyager to the Maine Maritime Academy.
- Donated his Celebrity Apprentice prize winnings to the charity Life's WORC, an organization helping autistic children.
- Sherryl Raymond — Ex-wife
- Lillian Rivera — Mother
- Irene — Sister
- Cruz Rivera — Father
- Wilfredo — Brother
- Gabriel Miguel Rivera — Son
- Craig Rivera — Brother
- Cruz Grant Rivera — Son
- Edith Vonnegut — Ex-wife
- Erica Michelle Levy — Wife
- Isabella Holmes Rivera — Daughter
- Solita Liliana Rivera — Daughter
- Linda Coblentz — Ex-wife
- Sharon — Sister
- C.C. Dyer — Ex-wife
- Simone Cruickshank Rivera — Daughter
- Attended State University of New York Maritime College, Bronx, New York, United States; University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States (BS in Business Administration, 1965); Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, United States (JD, 1969)
Season 1, Episode 45
- Birth Name: Gerald Michael Riviera
- Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
- Birthday: July 4, 1943, Cancer
- Profession: Reporter
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