By Jason Hewitt
Geraldo Rivera was born on July 4, 1943, in New York City. He was raised mostly Jewish. He lived in Brooklyn for most of his childhood but eventually moved to West Babylon where he attended West Babylon High School. After graduating High School, Geraldo went to the State University of New York Maritime College from 1961-1963. In 1965 Geraldo graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He later began his career with New York State Bar later in the year 1969.
Rivera covered mostly mystery or violent situations, such as “The Mystery of Alcopones’ Vault” which led to TV broadcast of the whole thing live. The mystery was based on Capone’s secret bunker which many people said would be a dangerous task to open up his bunker. What was mostly said about the danger was, “If Capone’s alleged bunker held any secrets, they wouldn’t come easy.” On April 21, 1986, 30 million people tuned in to the live TV broadcast. Geraldo Rivera’s promise to opening the secret hotel room became a reality on that date.
Geraldo Rivera was a journalist from 1970-2010, however, he did not retire from his work, he was fired from Fox News Channels for making sexual comments on June 8, 2010. Some events didn’t show his best side, such as being with the military in Iraq. As he was doing his job in Iraq he gave away the position of some of his allied forces which caused small firefight here and there. Which eventually caused him to be sent back (kicked out) of Iraq. Getting kicked out of Iraq definitely got his name out there.
Geraldo Rivera is an important journalist for his mistakes, TV shows, but mostly for his stories, five stories, in particular, are concise red to be legendary. He had five legendary incidents. One incident that happened after Hurricane Katrina, when he went over after the wreckage to assist and catch some news live. There was some controversy with someone saying that Geraldo nudged an Air Force rescue crew member out-of-the-way so he could be seen helping an old lady in a wheelchair. Geraldo vigorously denied it, while New York Times was not convinced never to change it in the newspaper but later they acknowledged that there was no nudge on the broadcast.