Rita Cosby is a Emmy-winning TV Host, Radio Host and NY Times Best Selling Author.
From 1995 to 2005, Cosby worked at Fox News , she hosted both The Big Story Weekend Edition with Rita Cosby and Fox News Live with Rita Cosby. She has interviewed over twenty world leaders, conducting historic back-to-back interviews with Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. She was the first reporter to see prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay. She also interviewed Serbian president Slobodan Milosević who called her from his prison cell at the Hague. Years earlier, while broadcasting live from Belgrade during the NATO bombing, she broke the news that three American POWs were going to be released.
Cosby also made national headlines for her interviews with boxer Mike Tayson, singer Michael Jackson and convicted serial killer David Berkowitz, “The Son of Sam,” who wrote to her during the Washington D.C sniper shootings in October 2002. As that story unfolded, Cosby secured another major first, by reporting the names and license plate numbers of the sniper suspects. In 2001, Cosby’s interview with flight attendant Anne Marie Smith led to a U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation of Rep. Gary Condit for obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
Cosby served as a lead reporter during the 1996 and 2000 Presidential campaigns. During the Monica Lewinsky investigation, she broke the news that President Bill Clinton was about to be subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury. After receiving an exclusive letter from Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the Oklahoma City bombing, she was granted a rare meeting with Pope John Paul II to discuss death penalty issues.
In 2005, Cosby moved to MSNBC to host a primetime weeknight show, Rita Cosby Live & Direct. It became the network’s highest-rated show that year, and she did extensive reports for other NBC programs, including The Today Show.