Since joining WFOR TV, Rick has anchored coverage of many historic and breaking news events.
In January 2017, Rick anchored live, hours long coverage of the shooting at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. A month earlier, he was on the air as South Florida woke up to the news of Fidel Castro’s death. Rick anchored special coverage of Castro’s funeral days later.
In June 2016, Rick was one of the first journalists on the scene of the Pulse nightclub massacre, anchoring his newscasts live from Orlando for several days after that horrific event. Rick’s and his CBS4 colleagues’ work in Orlando earned them a 2016 Emmy award for “Team Coverage.”
In March 2016, Rick took his newscast to the Kendall campus of Miami Dade College to anchor coverage of the debate between Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
In August 2015, Rick 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.
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.
Rick’s also worked on a number of important enterprise stories, including one on the mayor of Coral Gables’ efforts to convince his fellow Republicans to join him in his battle to combat sea level rise in his city, one of the area’s most threatened communities. He’s also written and produced an on-going series of reports spotlighting South Florida’s inspiring and insightful Holocaust survivor community. His investigation titled “Shortcut to Citizenship” put a focus on the birth tourism industry in South Florida. And Rick has told the story of several families in South Florida who help make up the largest community of Americans who rely on Obamacare for their health insurance, and what will happen to them if it’s repealed and replaced.
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 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 9/11 memorial ceremony in Lower Manhattan.
Prior to joining FOX, 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.
His first paid job as a broadcaster was making in-store announcements at a chain of Supermarkets in his hometown, Cherry Hill, NJ.
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.
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