American journalist and Fox News anchor Leland Vittert was born on August 31, 1982, in Illinois. He joined Fox News Network in 2010 as the channels’ Jerusalem correspondent. He is also seen filling in for colleagues in ‘Fox and Friends’, ‘America’s Newsroom’ and ‘Happening Now’.
He graduated from the Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a degree in economics and broadcast journalism. Vittert also attended the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science's ‘The General Course’, which is a one-year study abroad program.
He was most noted and appreciated for his coverage of the ‘Freddie Gray Riots’ in Baltimore where he had intense interviews with lawmakers and the public throughout the city. Fox’s breaking news on the day involving Baltimore Mayor’s stand-down orders for police was covered by Vittert.
Prior to joining FNC, he worked as a weekend anchor and a television reporter for various tv channels based in different locations from Denver, Colorado to Orlando, Florida among others.
Not much is known about his personal life but we know he loves dogs and was once in a relationship with Sara Scott.
Born to parents Mark and Carol Vittert, he was named after a town in Michigan where the couple fell in love. He was nicknamed ‘lucky’ because he had a complicated birth.
With his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, Vittert was born through a caesarian section and survived a complicated birth although he couldn’t speak for the first three years of his life.
He has a sister named Liberty Vittert, who is a television chef. She is also a professor of Data Science at Harvard University.
He is one of Fox’s famous faces and also the recipient of the Westword’s ‘Best Hair on a TV News Anchor’ award in 2007. His predecessor Phil Keating has also been awarded the same, twice.
Often described as “dapper and well-spoken”, the news reporter also received a nomination in the Emmy Awards for his works. In particular, the one incident where he cleared a police officer who was wrongfully accused of rape.
He is one of the most daring tv reporters who has covered news in different parts of the world, often in very scary scenarios. For example, he was one of the few reporters who were reporting live in Tahrir Square the same night when Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president left power. It was a chaotic night which he recalls to be as scary as the night of his white house coverage in May 2020.
Viteri along with his cameraman and two security personnel were in Lafayette Park covering the demonstrations involving Geroge Floyd protests outside the White House when they got harassed and hit by protestors.
He later went on to say that part of the reason they got attacked was that the protestors realized that they were Fox News Channel representatives. In an interview with Deadline, he recalled the two incidents as the most frightening times in his career.
One of his most famous and perhaps most sensational work contributions was his interview with Muhammed al-Zawahiri, the brother of AlQaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in 2012.
He has also interviewed the 2020 democratic Presidential candidate, Tulsi Gabbard. It became popular tv as she discussed the criticisms she faced following her meeting with the Syrian president Bashar Assad.
He got another breaking news from his interview with congressman Francis Rooney in 2017 as he announced that he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2020.
That same year his interview with former secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price made big news. Price expressed that until an internal review was completed, he had made a decision to halt tax-payer funded travel on private jets.
All of the hard work he does on the channel has landed him good fortune. He is currently estimated to be worth $1 million.