Since joining WFOR TV, Rick has anchored coverage of many historic news events, both from the studio and from out “in the field.”
In August 2015, he traveled to Cuba to cover the re-opening of the US embassy in Havana. He returned the following month to report on Pope Francis’s first ever trip to the island nation.
Rick’s also worked on a number of important enterprise stories, including “Shortcut to Citizenship,” about the birth tourism industry in South Florida. And Rick put a spotlight on the hardship more than one million Floridians would have suffered had they lost federal health care subsidies.
During the 2014 gubernatorial race, Rick was the only South Florida anchor to score exclusive one on one interviews with all three of the 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 elite firefighters.
Folbaum is active with the South Florida chapter of 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 also advises the board of Overcoming Obstacles, a life skills curriculum available to all public schools around the country.
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.
One of Pope Francis’ main objectives when he visited Cuba was to create more space for the Catholic Church on the communist island country. Did he do it? One local priest says it is too soon to tell.
At least twice on Monday the Pope discretely called attention to religious persecution in Cuba.
As Pope Francis wraps up his last full day in Cuba, it seems his trip is serving as yet another reminder of what is possible, as Cubs tries to open itself up to the rest of the world after decades of isolation.
The spiritual leader of more than one billion Catholics is on day three of a 10-day pilgrimage to Cuba and the United States.
On the eve on Pope Francis’ historic visit to Cuba, South Florida pilgrims were piling into the island country.
Pope Francis is kicking off his historic trip to Cuba and the United States on Saturday and CBS4 News is there.
Pope Francis is expected to leave on Saturday for Cuba and then go to the United States next Tuesday for a five-day visit.
Pope Francis made a surprising announcement Tuesday, just weeks before his historic trip to the U.S. and Cuba
CBS4 News anchor Rick Folbaum went into Havana on Thursday to get the reaction of Cubans the day before the American flag rises on the island country after 54 years.
Cuba has been closed off for so long but little by little, it’s starting to open up.