Rick Leventhal : biography
Richard Gary Leventhal (born January 24, 1960), known professionally as Rick Leventhal, is an American reporter. He is a senior correspondent for Fox News Channel based in New York since June 1997. Before joining FNC he spent 10 years in local news, reporting and anchoring in markets including Columbia and Spartanburg, West Palm Beach and Miami, Chicago and New York City. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism.
Leventhal is a younger son of Dr. Allan Leventhal, a retired psychologist in Silver Spring and Carol Leventhal, the retired director of Greenbelt Cares in Greenbelt, Maryland. He is second of three siblings. He has an older brother, Scott Leventhal (born 1958), and a sister, Leigh (born 1963). He completed his high school education in Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring in 1978.
Leventhal was married to 5-year senior Penny Daniels, was on-air reporter for WSVN-TV in Miami and WFLD-TV in Chicago. He and Daniels were divorced with two daughters. In September 2005, it was announced that Leventhal proposed to Lauren Sivan with a wedding date set for February 2006. A week before the wedding, the couple cancelled the wedding because they "decided to wait."
As of August 2010, Leventhal and Sivan were living together. They also own a dog named Spanx.
Leventhal has been to war zones nearly two dozen times, including five trips to Iraq, four to Afghanistan, eight to Israel (including multiple journeys to the West Bank and Gaza), tours of Albania and Macedonia during the war in Kosovo and two trips to Libya in 2011. In 2003, Leventhal spent nine weeks in Kuwait and Iraq, embedded with the United States Marine Corps' 3rd L.A.R., crossing the border and advancing to the outskirts of Baghdad, where he joined the Sinners and Saints of the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines. He was one of the first reporters on the scene at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the first to go live, before the towers fell to the ground. He traveled to Bahrain and Afghanistan later that year, embedding with Marines at Camp Rhino and Kandahar Airport for the launch of the War on Terror.
More recently, he provided live coverage of flooding in Louisiana, the killing of Osama bin Laden and the 10 year commemoration of 9/11. He spent significant time covering 2010's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and has been dispatched to numerous natural disasters over 24 years of reporting, riding out major hurricanes including Katrina, Rita, Andrew and Hugo. He went to Haiti for the devastating earthquake in 2010 and to Vatican City to cover the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II and the selection of his successor and was live on scene for The Miracle on the Hudson and later, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger's return to flight. He also recently took a ride in an F-15 with the Massachusetts Air National Guard.
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