Rita Cosby

Media Fellow
CBS Special Correspondent, Inside Edition

Rita Cosby (born November 18, 1964) is a television news anchor and correspondent, radio host, and best-selling author. She is currently a special correspondent for the CBS syndicated program Inside Edition, specializing in interviewing newsmakers and political figures. Cosby has received three Emmy Awards, the Jack Anderson Award for investigative excellence, the Matrix Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award. October 11, 2010, was declared “Rita Cosby Day” in the State of New York for her “extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community.” Cosby balanced college with a position at WACH-TV, the local FOX affiliate. After an internship working for Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News, Cosby found work as an anchor/reporter at KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California, and WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina. From 1995 to 2005, Cosby worked at Fox News. At Fox, she hosted both The Big Story Weekend Edition with Rita Cosby and Fox News Live with Rita Cosby.

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. On September 4, 2007, Cosby released a New York Times best-seller book about Anna Nicole Smith, Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death. In 2010, Cosby released a memoir, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past. The book became a best-seller on several lists, including The New York TimesUSA Today, and The Washington Post. She was selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as a “Fun and Fearless Female.”