Geraldo Rivera

  • Celebrity
  • Birth Name: Gerald Michael Riviera
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Reporter

Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • C.C. Dyer — Ex-wife
  • Simone Cruickshank Rivera — Daughter
  • Sherryl Raymond — Ex-wife
  • Linda Coblentz — Ex-wife
  • Sharon — Sister
  • Lillian Rivera — Mother
  • Irene — Sister
  • Cruz Rivera — Father
  • Wilfredo — Brother
  • Gabriel Miguel Rivera — Son
  • Edith Vonnegut — Ex-wife
  • Erica Michelle Levy — Wife
  • Isabella Holmes Rivera — Daughter
  • Solita Liliana Rivera — Daughter
  • Craig Rivera — Brother
  • Cruz Grant Rivera — Son


  • 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)