MIAMI (CBSMiami) – CBS4 is thrilled to announce the latest addition to our award-winning anchor team. Veteran broadcast journalist Rick Folbaum will join CBS4 as co-anchor of the station’s weeknight 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts, beginning Monday, August 26.
In addition, CBS4 veteran Eliott Rodriguez has been named anchor of the station’s noon and 6 p.m. newscasts, also effective August 26. The announcements were made Friday, August 16th by CBS4 Vice President and General Manager Adam Levy.
“We are thrilled to have a journalist of Rick’s stature joining CBS4,” Levy said. “Rick is a highly regarded broadcaster with great experience reporting on local, national and international news events. He will be a great addition to the terrific news team we already have in place.”
Levy added, “Eliott is clearly one of the most respected newscasters in South Florida. As he approaches his 15th anniversary with CBS4, we look forward to continuing to count on him to play a prominent role for us.”
“I am thrilled to be joining the distinguished news team at CBS4,” Folbaum said. “Everyone in the news business knows that South Florida is one of the best news markets in the country. I’ve spent lots of time in this area ever since I was a kid. My wife and I are looking forward to raising our own children in this dynamic and diverse community.”
Eliott Rodriguez, who has been part of the CBS4 anchor team for 15 years, is thrilled with the changes.
“I believe CBS4 News has the best staff of television journalists in South Florida, all of whom possess a strong commitment to our viewers,” Rodriguez said. “I’m proud of my work at this station over the past 15 years and I look forward to my new duties anchoring the important Noon and 6 p.m. newscasts.”
Folbaum, who has family ties to South Florida, most recently anchored breaking news for “Happening Now” during the week and “America’s News Headquarters” on Saturdays for the Fox News Channel. His background also includes anchoring at WNYW-TV in New York. While at WNYW, he won an Emmy in 2009 for his reporting on the September 11 memorial ceremony in New York.
Over the course of his career, Folbaum has anchored and reported on events such as the “Miracle on the Hudson” landing of US Airways Flight 1549, the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia, the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. As a foreign correspondent based in London, he covered the war in Kosovo, the conflict in the Middle East, Prince Edward’s wedding and the investigation of Princess Diana’s death.
Folbaum earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Folbaum and his wife Kelcey are the proud parents of five children.