Veteran Correspondent and Best Selling Author Rita Cosby to Speak at Daemen College April 16

Rita Cosby will Deliver Keynote Address for 2013 Academic Festival: "A Front Row Seat to History...and Getting Out Alive!"


March 20, 2013



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472



Renowned Emmy winning TV host, veteran correspondent, and best-selling author Rita Cosby will speak at Daemen College April 16, 2013. Cosby anchored highly rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and NBC. She is currently a special correspondent for the top-rated CBS syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition and hosts her own program, The Rita Cosby Show, on WOR radio.


Cosby’s talk, “A Front Row Seat to History…and Getting Out Alive!” will serve as the keynote address to the 2013 Daemen College Academic Festival, and will be held 7:30 p.m. in Wick Center on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street in Amherst. It will be free and open to the public.


Cosby’s recent New York Times bestseller, “Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past,” details her fascinating discovery about her Polish father, a Nazi prisoner of war, who saved by American troops.  Cosby has spoken at the United Nations, Capitol Hill, and the Pentagon, and her critically acclaimed book has become required reading at many major U.S. colleges and universities. Quiet Hero also serves as a centerpiece for discussions on the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on veterans and their families.


Cosby will sign copies of her book following her presentation. Quiet Hero will also be available for purchase after the Daemen event.


Throughout her illustrious TV career, Cosby has secured some of the biggest interviews, including exclusives with more than 20 world leaders, conducting historic back-to-back interviews with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Cosby also was granted rare meetings with Pope Benedict XVI, and years earlier, with Pope John Paul II to discuss death penalty issues after receiving an exclusive letter from Timothy McVeigh, explaining why he carried out the Oklahoma City Bombing.


The first reporter to see prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay and witness an actual interrogation, Cosby also interviewed Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, who called her from his prison cell at the Hague where he stood trial for war crimes. While broadcasting live from Belgrade during the NATO bombing, she broke the news that three American POWs were going to be released. During Hurricane Katrina, she provided extensive, live coverage, hosting shows from New Orleans, revealing the widespread devastation, and soon after reported live from the war zone in Afghanistan and then along the U.S.- Mexico border.


Additionally, Cosby has conducted exclusive interviews – both behind bars – with Erik Menendez and Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Throughout her career she has, also, interviewed many celebrities and sports stars, including Michael Jackson, Simon Cowell, Mike Tyson, Bruce Willis, Matt Damon, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, Hank Aaron, Dennis Rodman, and golfer John Daly.


Her first book, Blonde Ambition, was a New York Times bestseller and called “the most talked about book in America” by Extra. Her second book, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past, is enjoying tremendous success, already hitting several bestseller lists, which include: The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.


Honors for the three-time Emmy® winner include the Matrix Award, Headliner Award, and Jack Anderson Award for journalism excellence. She was also selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as a “Fun and Fearless Female.” A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award, she hosts the National Memorial Day Parade broadcast to all U.S. military installations around the world. In recognition of Cosby’s “extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community,” October 11, 2010, was officially named “Rita Cosby Day” in New York State. In 2011, she was recognized by Congress for her professional and charitable achievements.


The Daemen College Academic Festival centers on student presentations to the community and campus guests, providing a showcase for academic achievement and excellence through student and faculty presentations, exhibitions, and performances.  


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