Rita Cosby Bio-Wiki, Age, Family, Husband, WABC, Show, and Net Worth

Who is Rita Cosby?

Rita Cosby is an American journalist who also serves as a television news anchor, correspondent, radio host, and best-selling author. She anchored highly-rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

Currently, she serves as a Special Correspondent for the CBS syndicated NewsMagazine Inside Edition. She specializes in interviewing newsmakers and political figures. Cosby is a three-time Emmy Award winner, the Jack Anderson Award for investigative excellence, and the Matrix Award. She is also a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award. October 11, 2010, was declared “Rita Cosby Day” in the New York state for her “extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community.”

After University, Rita balanced a position at WACH-TV, the local Fox associate. She later worked for Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News as an intern. Rita found work as a reporter at KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California, and WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina.

How Old is Rita Cosby?

She is 58 years old as of February 2023, having been born on November 18, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Rita Cosby shares her birthdate with celebrities such as; Francesca Farago, Zane Hijazi, Nathan Kress, Mabel Chee, Keren Swanson, and many more.

Rita Cosby Family

Who are Rita Crosby’s Parents?

She is of a Danish mother and a Polish father Richard Cosby (Ryszard Kossobudzki, Father, born on August 4, 1925, but died on June 25, 2012) who came to the United States after World War II. Her father was a civil engineer, a participant in Warsaw uprising ’44.

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Does Rita Crosby have Siblings?

She has an elder brother, Alan. She grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Rita Crosby Education

Rita received her high school education at Greenwich High School and freelanced for the local paper. She attended the University of South Carolina where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1989.

Rita Cosby Boyfriend | Husband

News on the internet shows that she is married to Tomaczek Bednarek. Her husband is a professional actor and singer.

Rita Cosby WABC

She co-hosts “Curtis and Cosby” weekdays 12-3 pm with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa on the legendary WABC Radio. It is the most listened to talk station in America. Indicated as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio from 2014 to 2018 by Radio Ink magazine. She was selected as Legend of the Year for 2018, where she was chosen among all women on and off-air in the radio industry.
Rita was named WABC’s Political Editor and Host of “Election Central with Rita Cosby,” consistently obtaining headline-making interviews with top political figures. They are shared with all Cumulus/Westwood One station across the nation. She had interviews on New York Primary Day 2016 with all five Presidential candidates, all Republicans and Democrats still in the race, in an award-winning one-hour special.

Rita Cosby Foxs News Channel

Rita worked at Fox News from 1995 to 2005. She has hosted both The Big Story Weekend Edition with Rita Cosby and Fox News Live with Rita Cosby. She has interviewed world leaders including Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Crosby was also the first reporter to see prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.

Crosby has interviewed Serbian president Slobodan Milošević who called from his prison cell at the Hague. She has also made national headlines for interviews with boxer Mike Tyson, late singer Michael Jackson and convicted serial killer David Berkowitz who wrote to her during the October 2002 sniper shootings in Washington, D.C.

Rita served as a lead reporter during the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns. She was granted a rare meeting with Pope John Paul the second, to discuss penalty issues after receiving an exclusive letter from Timothy Mcveigh.

Rita Cosby MSNBC

Crosby moved to MSNBC in 2005 to host a primetime weeknight show, Rita Cosby Live, and Direct. She then did extensive reports for other NBC programs, including The Today Show. She conducted the last broadcast interview with former Crips gang leader Stanley “Tookie” Williams and was among few journalists to witness his execution at San Quentin Prison. Rita left MSNBC to pursue other media offers and projects.

Rita Cosby Now

Crosby co-hosts the worldwide broadcast of The National Memorial Day Parade simulcast to all US military installations around the globe. She has co-chaired various events internationally, which include the Intersec Security Conference in Dubai in 2009, and the 2010 Euro-American Women’s Council Forum in Greece. She was then selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as a “Fun and Fearless Female.”

Rita Cosby Inside Edition

She is currently a special correspondent for the top-rated CBS syndicated news magazine, Inside Edition presented by Deborah Norville.


She often fills in for Nancy Grace on her HLN program.

Rita Cosby Show

She is heard daily on her WOR Radio program called The Rita Cosby Show. Her interviews include Jimmy Carter, Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney, Ross Perot, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mark Burnett, and Donald Trump.

Blonde Ambition

On September 4, 2007, she released a book about Anna Nicole Smith, Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death. It details the circumstances around the death of the model in 2007. The memoir has become a New York Times bestseller. It gained the attention of members surrounding Anna Nicole Smith’s estate. It resulted in a civil lawsuit against Cosby and her publisher. The lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed two years later. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the book supports Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

Quiet Hero Rita Cosby

Rita released a memoir, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past in 2010. The book became a best-seller on several lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post. She uncovered a story of heroism and courage in her own family, detailing her father’s youth as a Polish Resistance fighter who battled the Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising in World War II.

Senator John McCain called it, “a loving, poignant tribute to her P.O.W. father and freedom.” Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said it’s “a beautiful tribute to the strength of the human spirit.” Lech Wałęsa, former President of Poland, said of Cosby’s father, “One of Poland’s great treasures has now been found.” [27] In 2010, a resolution was passed in the South Carolina Legislature honoring Rita Cosby and her father. The book has raised money for the USO to help wounded soldiers and their families

Rita Cosby Voice | Voice Surgery

The MSNBC anchor found her voice. Since Cosby appeared on the air after a three-week vacation in Mexico in 2007, her trademark rasp was gone and she was speaking in an unremarkable tone of voice. She however declined to say what exactly she’d done to get her voice back.

Rita Cosby’s Salary and Net Worth

News on the internet shows that she receives an annual salary of $88,365. And an estimated net worth of $5 million.