Passionate, tireless—Geraldo has dedicated himself to showing the human drama. Whether it’s the fight against terrorism or the human struggle against the forces of nature, his reputation for getting the story, standing up for the little guy and uncovering the truth has made him a household name.
The winner of the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (his third) for his NBC News Documentary “Women In Prison” and the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for “Back to Bedlam”. Rivera has received more than 170 awards for journalism, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, three national and seven local Emmys, two Columbia-Dupont and two additional Scripps Howard Journalism Awards.
After getting his law degree, Geraldo entered journalism as a reporter for WABC-TV in New York where he presented a series exposing the deplorable conditions at the Willowbrook State School for the mentally ill. These groundbreaking, award-winning reports led to a government investigation and the institution was eventually shut down. It is through his exposure of Willowbrook that Geraldo became a champion of people with developmental disabilities.