Rick Folbaum anchors the CBS4 evening newscasts at 5 pm, 5:30 pm and 11 pm. He arrived at the station in August, 2013.
Since joining WFOR TV, Rick has worked on a number of important enterprise stories, including “Shortcut to Citizenship,” about the birth tourism industry in South Florida.
Rick has also uncovered the hardship more than one million Floridians will suffer if federal health care subsidies are taken away from them. And Rick was the only South Florida anchor to score exclusive one on one interviews with all three of the 2014 Florida gubernatorial candidates.
Prior to CBS4, Folbaum was a long time anchor and correspondent for Fox News Channel. Over the course of 17 years with the network, Rick anchored and reported such breaking news events as the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson” landing of US Airways Flight 1549, the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003, the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Hurricane Irene in 2011 and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 (when he became one of the first journalists on the scene in Lower Manhattan after the Twin Towers were struck). He also anchored live, breaking coverage of 2012’s destructive Super Storm Sandy.
Rick co-anchored all of FoxNews.com’s live coverage of the 2012 elections — from the primaries and party conventions, to the debates and election night. He also anchored coverage of the papal conclaves that selected Popes Benedict and Francis, and reported live from Pope Benedict’s papal mass at Yankee Stadium in 2008.
One of the original Fox News Channel anchors, Folbaum started with the network when it was launched in 1996.
As a foreign correspondent based in London from 1998-2000, Rick spent nearly two years working overseas covering Europe and the Middle East. He reported on the NATO-led war in Kosovo, cross-border rocket attacks launched into Israel, the Northern Ireland peace process, Prince Edward’s wedding and the investigation into Princess Diana’s death.
While with Fox, Folbaum spent three years working as an anchor at FOX 5 WNYW in New York. There, he won a 2008 Emmy for his reporting on the September 11 memorial ceremony in Lower Manhattan.
Prior to joining FOX News, Rick worked as a writer and producer at MSNBC and its predecessor, “America’s Talking.”
Early in his career, he worked in newsrooms at WOR AM in New York City, where he covered the first World Trade Center attack in 1993, and WTXF TV in Philadelphia. His first on-air job was at KSPN FM Radio in Aspen, Colorado, where he won a 1994 AP award for his coverage of a massive fire on Storm King Mountain that killed 19 highly skilled firefighters.
Folbaum serves on the boards of Overcoming Obstacles, a life skills curriculum available to all public schools around the country, and also the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, a non-profit aimed at helping to find a cure for the millions of Americans living with inflammatory bowel disease.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Folbaum and wife, writer Kelcey Kintner, are the proud parents of five spirited children. They live in Broward County.
South Florida has a proud history of producing of accomplished writers, like Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry. But just as deserving to be on that list is Brad Meltzer, whose mysteries and thrillers have garnered fans all over the world.
A fight over a bar tab in Port St. Lucie ended with a man rushed to a burn unit in Miami.
After its very rocky roll out, Obamacare is taking off. And nowhere is enrollment higher than here in Florida. One-point-one million Floridians have signed up this year. But now, as CBS4’s Rick Folbaum explained, the U.S. Supreme Court is deciding a case that could all but strip Florida residents of the healthcare safety net they’ve only just been able to afford.
A local author is once again making the leap from the best seller list to the television screen. His new show tracks down historical artifacts that have vanished and wouldn’t you know it, Florida has ties to a lot of them.
CBS4 News Anchor Rick Folbaum sits down with Rep. Joe Garcia for an extended one-on-one interview. The two discuss the heated congressional race between the congressman and Carlos Curbelo.
The Governor’s race has been dominated by the two main party candidates, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.
The family of a young Florida boy, who took his own life because he was the victim of bullying, is heartbroken and spoke to the media for the first time.
In his own words: CBS4 Anchor Rick Folbaum writes about the day that changed America as he covered the terrorist attacks in NYC on Sept. 11, 2001.
For journalists, a politician in campaign mode can be a very tough interview. Disciplined candidates will stay on message, no matter what. Sometimes, you’ll expose a side of them that voters don’t get to see in their scripted appearances and campaign ads.
Florida’s senior senator is calling for a federal investigation, after our story on the birth tourism businesses that are springing up between Miami and Moscow. The agencies cater to wealthy and middle class women from former Soviet Bloc countries who want to give birth to an instant American citizen. But it’s the potential for Medicaid fraud that CBS4 investigates has uncovered, that is prompting the most outrage, reports CBS4 Anchor Rick Folbaum.