Rick Leventhal is a Senior Correspondent with Fox News Channel, based in New York City since 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, Los Angeles, Boston and New York City.
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 Gaza and the West Bank), tours of Albania and Macedonia during the war in Kosovo and two trips to Libya this year.
In 2003, Leventhal spent nine weeks in Kuwait and Iraq, embedded with the United States Marine Corps’ 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, crossing the border and advancing to the outskirts of Baghdad where he joined a unit of reservists with the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines. He was also one of the first reporters on the scene at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the first to go live before the Twin Towers fell to the ground. He travelled to Bahrain and Afghanistan for the first time later that year, embedding with Marines at Camp Rhino and Kandahar Airport for the launch of the War on Terror.
Leventhal has also covered domestic news in dozens of states, including the oil spill in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. He’s covered numerous natural disasters over his 24 years of reporting, riding out major hurricanes including Katrina, Rita, Andrew and Hugo. He’s been to Haiti several times including early last year to cover the devastating earthquake in Port Au Prince, went to Vatican City to cover the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II and the selection of his successor, was live on scene for the so-called “Miracle on the Hudson” and later joined Captain “Sully” Sullenberger for his return to flight on a U.S. Airways plane from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Leventhal is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in broadcast journalism, the proud father of two daughters and the owner of a rescued Jack Russell mix named Spanx.