• Leland Vittert is a popular American television personality and a weekend anchor on Fox News Channel.
• He was born in Leland, Illinois and is of American nationality and white ethnicity.
• He began his career in broadcasting journalism upon graduation and was nominated for the Emmy Award and won the Best Hair on a TV Anchor Award.
• In 2014, he began serving as Fox's correspondent covering the Washington D.C. area and in August 2019, he 'ambushed' Peter Navarro.
• His sister Liberty Vittert is the host of her own cooking show, "Liberty's Great American Cookbook".
Who is Leland Vittert?
Leland Vittert is a popular American television personality and a weekend anchor who is perhaps best known as a newscaster on the Fox News Channel. Additionally, he is widely recognized from regularly appearing on other network broadcasts such as “America’s Newsroom”, “Fox and Friends” and “Happening Now”.
Early Life, Family and Education
Leland Holt Vittert was born under the zodiac sign of Virgo on the 31st August 1982, in Leland, Illinois USA, and is of American nationality and white ethnicity. He is the older child of Carol and Mark Vittert, and has a younger sister, named Liberty Vittert who is best known for her own cooking show “Liberty’s Great American Cookbook”.
Leland spent the majority of his childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, where he completed his secondary education before relocating to the UK, where he enrolled at the London School of Economics. After obtaining his degree in Major Economics, Vittert moved back to the States where he attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Chicago, Illinois, from which he graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Leland began his career in broadcasting journalism right upon his graduation. When he joined the Fox’s affiliated TV station in St. Louis, Missouri, KTVI-TV, but soon transferred to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he became a member of KATV-TV, the ABC’s affiliated virtual TV channel.
Next stop in Vittert’s early career was Rogers, Arkansas, where he joined KNWA-TV, the NBC’s affiliated virtual channel television station which later led him to become a member of an another NBC affiliated station, the WMTV-TV in Madison, Wisconsin. Additionally, Leland served as a newscaster and reporter for FOX’s KDVR-TV in Denver, Colorado, as well as for the WFTV-TV, the ABC’s affiliate based in Orlando, Florida.
During the early years of his journalism career, for covering the story about Florida’s Officer Bishop who was wrongly accused of rape, young Leland was nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award, while for always appearing ‘dapper and well-spoken’, in 2007 he earned the Best Hair on a TV Anchor Award.
Leland Vittert joined the Fox News Channel in 2010, and appointed as its Middle East Foreign Correspondent, covering the series of protests against oppressive regimes and governments in the Islamic world known as the Arab Spring. As one of only a handful of pressmen, in January 2011 he reported ‘live on the ground’ from Cairo, Egypt, covering the Egyptian revolution of 2011 (often referred to as January 25 Revolution) when after two weeks of violent protests and riots, Hosni Mubarak resigned from being the 4th President of Egypt for the past 30 years.
Subsequently, Leland reported from the Libyan Civil War, covering the Battle of Misrata where the country’s ‘Brotherly Leader’ Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who had governed Libya since 1977, was killed in October 2011. In 2012 he reported from the Gaza Strip, covering the Israeli Operation Pillar of Defense (commonly referred to as Pillar of Cloud) during which he even ‘snatched’ an interview with Muhammad al-Zawahiri, a captured Palestinian (potential) suicide bomber, and the brother of one of the Al-Qaeda’s leaders Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Prior to reporting from Ukraine in the early 2014, covering the Russo-Ukrainian War, in 2013 he had also reported on the Ghouta chemical attack in Syria, as well as the Westgate shopping mall shooting in Nairobi, Kenya.
In 2014 Leland returned to the US where he began serving as Fox’s correspondent covering the Washington D.C. area. Vittert came into the limelight in April 2015 after his coverage of what is known as the Freddie Gray riots in Baltimore, Maryland, earned positive reviews from several news services such as The Daily Caller and the Mediate. In August 2019, Leland caught the media’s attention for ‘ambushing‘ the US President Donald Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro.
Throughout his so far professional journalism career, Leland Vittert has appeared on every major Fox News Channel’s broadcast, including shows such as “Media Buzz”, “America’s Election HQ”, “Fox News at Night” and “America’s News Headquarters”.
This 37-year-old American newscaster, anchor and journalist, is standing 5ft 10ins (1.77m) tall and sports a slim and toned physique, complemented with black hair and dark brown-colored eyes. Although there were rumors about his sexual orientation in the past, that he is gay, judging by Vittert’s description of happiness which includes him, a Victoria Secret’s model, a beach and margaritas, one can conclude that he is heterosexual.
— Leland Vittert (@LelandVittert) July 27, 2016
Net Worth and Salary
It is estimated by the authoritative sources that Leland Vittert’s net worth, as of early 2020, revolves around the sum of $1 million with an annual income as high as $100,000.
Sister Liberty Vittert
Liberty was born on the 3rd December 1989 in St. Louis, Missouri, and is quite an educated persona. In 2006 she enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which she graduated in 2010 with her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics.
In 2011 she obtained Diplome de Patisserie et Cuisine de Base from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris while from 2011 to 2015 she studied at The University of Glasgow from which she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy, (Ph.D.) majoring in mathematics and statistics.Vittert began her career in August 2015 as an Assistant Professor at the University of Glasgow, before serving as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York. Between 2018 and 2019, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, while since 2019 she is the Professor of the Practice at its Olin Business School as well as a Visiting Scholar and an Associate Editor of Harvard University’s Data Science Review.
Additionally, since 2015 Liberty serves as a data science contributor to the BBC, while currently being a member of the International Statistical Institute and the Data Advisory Board Member of the “USA for UNHCR” organization. However, despite all these accomplishments in her professional portfolio, Liberty came into the limelight for her own cooking show, entitled “Liberty’s Great American Cookbook” which airs on the STV Glasgow since 2016.