• Has a net worth of over $3 million
• Has a background in journalism, worked for CBS, Fox News Channel and MSNBC
• Award-winning journalist, recipient of three Emmy awards, Ellis Island Medal of Honor and Jan Karski Humanitarian Award
• Written two books, "Blonde Ambition" and "Quiet Hero"
• Married to actor and singer Tomaczek Bednarek, lives in New York City

Who is Rita Cosby?

Rita Karen Cosby was born on 18 November 1964 under the birth sign of Scorpio, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, of part-Polish (father) and Danish (mother) descent. She is a journalist, correspondent, and television news anchor, probably best recognized for working  for the CBS syndicated news magazine “Inside Edition”, in the position of a Special Correspondent.

Would you like to know more about Rita Cosby’s professional career and personal life? How rich is she, as of now? If you are interested, stay tuned and find out all the details about her.

How rich is she, as of now? Rita Cosby Net Worth

Her professional career started in the late 1980s, and she has been an active member in the news industry ever since.

So, if you ever wondered how rich Rita Cosby is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that as of mid-2024, the total size of her net worth is over $3 million, accumulated through her successful career. If she continues to expand her career further, there is no doubt that her net worth will increase in the coming years.

Early Life, Education, Nationality, Ethnicity

Concerning her early life, Rita Cosby spent her childhood in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she was raised alongside her brother Alan, by their parents – her father’s name is Richard Cosby (Ryszard Kossobudzki) and that he was a Polish resistance fighter who immigrated to the US after World War II; her mother’s name is unknown.

She holds American nationality and is of white ethnicity. Regarding her educational background, Rita went to Greenwich High School, and upon matriculation, enrolled into the University of South Carolina, from which she graduated with a BA degree in 1989.

Career Beginnings

Rita developed her love for journalism while in high school, since she worked as a freelancer for the local paper at the time. Speaking about her professional involvement in the field of journalism, it came later, when she was as a student at the USC, as she was hired by WACH-TV, a local Fox-affiliated television station, and she obviously accepted the job, marking the establishment of her net worth.

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During the same time, she even did an internship working for Dan Rather on the CBS program “CBS Evening News”. Thereafter, Rita spent some time working in the positions of an anchor and reporter for WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, and then KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California.

Rise to Fame and Fox News Channel

After gaining experience, Rita joined the Fox News Channel in 1995, and worked there for the next ten years, during which time, she hosted of her own programs, “Fox News Live With Rita Cosby” and “The Big Story Weekend Edition With Rita Cosby”, adding a considerable amount to her net worth and increasing enormously her popularity.

Undoubtedly, Rita’s academic performance has helped her to climb the ladder of success so rapidly. She also distinguished herself as an ambitious journalist, after interviewing such world leaders and politicians as Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and even Serbian president Slobodan Milošević while he was on trial in The Hague. Moreover, she also covered the NATO bombing of Serbia, live from Belgrade. Besides that, Rita interviewed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, and also became known for reporting on the 1996 and 2000 Presidential campaigns, and being the youngest senior correspondent to cover the Pentagon, White House and Capitol Hill.

Continued Success at MSNBC

She left Fox In 2005 and joined the MSNBC network, owned by the NBCUniversal News Group, to host her own prime-time weeknight show, entitled “Rita Cosby Live & Direct”. Thanks to her skills and hard work, the network’s ratings grew, and the show became the highest-rated during the same year, potentially increasing her net worth by a large margin. , Rita has also done various extensive reports for other NBC programs, including “The Today Show”, reporting on Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, and broadcasting live from the war zone in Afghanistan, as well as along the US-Mexico border. However, after two years working there, she left the job to pursue other projects.

Other Projects during the 2000s and 2010s

To speak further of her career, Rita started co-hosting the worldwide broadcast of The National Memorial Day Parade in 2009. She also worked as the host of various international events, including the 2009 Intersec Security Conference in Dubai, and the 2010 Euro-American Women’s Council Forum in Greece. In June of 2014, she interviewed Pope Francis at the Vatican, and in the following year, she was hired as a Political Editor and Host of her show “Election Central With Rita Cosby” as well as the co-host of “Curtis And Cosby”, both on the WABC Radio Station. She also serves in the positions of a Special Correspondent for the top-rated CBS syndicated newsmagazine “Inside Edition”, host of the late HLN/CNN program, and host of her own radio program “The Rita Cosby Show” on the WOR Radio Station.

Since 2022, she’s hosted “Saturday Report”, a two-hour program on Newsmax

Career as an Author

Apart from being a renowned journalist, Rita Cosby is also known for being a best-selling author. She released her first book in 2005, entitled “Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole’s Death”, about the death of famous model Anna Nicole Smith. She wrote her second book three years later – “Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past” – dedicated to her father, Richard who was not only a Polish immigrant but also a resistance fighter against the Nazis in occupied Poland. It led to her entering the list of the Top 200 Most Influential Authors in the World in 2017 and 2018.

Awards and Recognitions

Thanks to her accomplishments in the field of journalism, Rita Cosby has won various awards and recognitions, including three Emmy Awards – the Headliner Award, Matrix Award, and Jack Anderson Award for journalism excellence. She is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and even has her own day, as the State of New York declared 11 October 2010 as “Rita Cosby Day”. Rita was named one of the Most Influential Women in Radio between 2014 and 2018 by Radio Ink magazine, and has has also won six prestigious Gracie Awards, including for “Best Talk Interview” with Hillary Clinton. She was also rewarded with the Jan Karski Humanitarian Award in 2016, and was named Legend of the Year for 2018.


Personal Life: Her Husband, Residence

About her personal life, Rita Cosby is apparently a happily married woman. Although she tends to keep her private life away from the eye of the public, it’s known that she’s married to Tomaczek Bednarek, who is recognized as an actor and singer. Regarding her residence, Rita currently lives in New York City.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Regarding her appearance and physical attributes, she is apparently a beautiful woman with long blonde hair and green colored eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 1in (1.55m), while her weight and vital statistics are still not disclosed to the public.

Social Media Presence

In addition to her professional career, Rita Cosby is also active as a member across many of the most popular social media sites, which she uses not only to promote her upcoming projects but also to post photos from her private life and share various other content with her fans. So, she runs her official Twitter account,  as well as her own Facebook page with more than 5,000 likes. Moreover, Rita also launched her own website ritacosby.com, on which you can find more information about her professional career and the books she’s written.

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