Rick Leventhal (birth name – Richard Gary Leventhal) is an American reporter who works as a senior correspondent for Fox News Channel since 1997. Currently, he is engaged to Kelly Dodd, a member of the Real Housewives of Orange County reality series.
Leventhal was born on January 24, 1960, in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA.
His mother is Carol Leventhal, the retired director of Greenbelt Cares in Greenbelt, while his father is Dr. Allan Leventhal, a retired psychologist in Silver Spring.
He has a younger sister, Leigh Leventhal (born in 1963) as well as an older brother, Scott Leventhal (born in 1958).
In 1978, Rick graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Springs, Maryland.
In 1986, Leventhal graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in broadcast journalism.
Later, he worked for about 10 years as a reporter and anchor in news markets including Chicago, Miami, West Palm Beach, Spartanburg, and Columbia.
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In 1997, he started to work for Fox News Channel as a New York-based senior correspondent.
On September 11, 2001, Rick was one of the first journalists to report to the scene of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
In 2003, he spent 9 weeks in Iraq and Kuwait, embedded with the US Marine Corps’ 3rd L.A.R.
In 2005, Leventhal went to Vatican City to cover the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II – the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005.
In 2010, Rick went to Haiti for the devastating magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake. Death toll estimates range from 100,000 to about 160,00.
In the same year, Leventhal covered the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The event is considered to be the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. In July 2015, BP agreed to pay $18.7 billion in fines.
In 2011, Rick reported on the events surrounding the killing of Osama bin Laden – operation code-named Operation Neptune Spear. Former U.S. Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill is credit for firing the shots that killed Osama bin Laden during the raid.
In June 2015, Leventhal reported on the manhunt for the 2 prisoners who escaped the Clinton Correction Facility in Dannemora. Later, the event was dramatized in the new Showtime mini-series, “Escape At Dannemora.”
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He was married to Penny Daniels, an American communications consultant and trainer who was an on-air reporter for WFLD-TV in Chicago and WSVN-TV in Miami. The couple later divorced.
On June 9, 2016, he married Beth Shak (an American professional poker player) in Las Vegas.
Shak is renowned for her 1,200-pair shoe collection that has been valued at more than $1 million.
She has been featured on several TV programs, including:
- NY Ink;
- Poker After Dark;
- Millionaire Matchmaker (premiered in 2008 on Bravo);
- Celebrity Nightmares.
Beth once said:
”I didn’t think men like him existed anymore! He is caring, considerate and so warm.”
Shak went on to say:
”I’ve never been lucky in love, but meeting in him proved that my luck has changed, and we are now looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together.”
They divorced in April 2017, after less than a year of marriage.
According to reports, Shak was the one who filed for the divorce, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for their divorce.
“I’m heartbroken our marriage didn’t work out and I only wish her happiness.”
In August 2019, Rick started dating Kelly Dodd – the chief operating officer of Kiss Me Mirror and a member of the Real Housewives of Orange County series.
Dodd met Leventhal at one of his barbecues in the Hamptons after she split from her previous beau, Dr. Brian Reagan. She said in an interview:
“We met in the Hamptons. It’s new, we haven’t even had sex.”
“But he’s already treated me with more respect than Brian ever did.”
Kelly was previously married to Michael Dodd. They have a daughter together, Jolie.
Rick and Dodd have done a tour of 5 countries in 6 weeks across Europe.
On November 13, 2019, Rick proposed to Kelly.
“I’m beyond excited for our future together. Rick is my best friend. My partner in crime.”
“I’m so in love. I can’t believe this happened to me. I feel like I just won the lottery.”
Kelly later posted on Instagram that they have chosen a wedding date – October 10, 2020.
On October 10, 2020, Leventhal married Kelly Dodd in an “intimate” ceremony in Santa Rosa, California.
Rick has two daughters with his first wife – Veronica (born in 1991) and Shoshana (born in 1996).
Leventhal is 5′ 10″ (1.78 m) tall.
Leventhal took a ride in an F-15 with the Massachusetts Air National Guard.
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Rick Leventhal – Net Worth
Leventhal earned most of his wealth from working as a senior correspondent for Fox News Channel since 1997. He has covered stories ranging from the Paris bombings to the Sandy Hook shooting.
In addition, he has been to war zones many times, including two trips to Libya in 2011, Macedonia during the war in Kosovo, eight to Israel, four to Afghanistan, and five to Iraq.
Moreover, Rick made some money from working in local news in markets including New York City, Chicago, Miami, West Palm Beach, Spartanburg, and South Carolina for approximately 10 years.
Leventhal’s salary at Fox News Channel was not revealed to the public, however, the average annual salary for a senior correspondent is around $90,000. Rick has a house in The Hamptons where the average property price is around $550,000. He also has a house in Boca Raton, New York. Therefore, Rick Leventhal has an estimated net worth of $3.7 million.
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