Richard M. Cohen

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Richard M. Cohen
Born Richard Mark[citation needed] Cohen
(1961-03-23) March 23, 1961 (age 61)
Plainview, New York, United States
Residence Irvington, New York, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist, television producer, author
Notable credit(s) Former producer on CBS News & CNN
Spouse(s) Meredith Vieira
(m. 1986–present)
Children 3

Richard Merrill Cohen (born March 23, 1961)[1] is an American journalist, television producer, and author. He is a former senior producer for CBS News and CNN.


Cohen is the recipient of several honors in journalism. He is a three-time Emmy award-winning CBS News journalist.[2][3]

He is a former senior producer for CBS News and CNN, and he occasionally writes columns for the "Health and Fitness" section of The New York Times.


Cohen is the son of Teresa (Beitzer) and Benjamin Cohen, a doctor.[4] He has had multiple sclerosis since he was 25 years old. He has also had two bouts of colon cancer, one in 1999 and one in 2000.[5]

Cohen, who is legally blind,[6] has written an autobiography titled, Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir.[7]

Cohen married television personality Meredith Vieira (NBC News Special Correspondent and former co-anchor of NBC's Today Show) on June 14, 1986. They live in Irvington, Westchester County, New York and have three children. Their middle child Gabe Cohen was a reporter at KHQ-TV in Spokane, Washington [8] and is now a reporter at KOMO-TV in Seattle, Washington.[9]


  1. Richard M. Cohen (II) IMDB page
  2. Richard Cohen (2004-02-22). (transcript) (Interview). Interviewed by Larry King Retrieved 2008-09-08. Unknown parameter |callsign= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |program= ignored (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Meredith Vieira Today". iVillage. June 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2008-09-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Judith Newman (2002). "Meredith Vieira: A Look Back". The Ladies' Home Journal. Archived from the original on 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2007-09-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "TV's Meredith Viera, Husband Cope With Illness', ABC News 20/20 website
  7. Blindsided : A Reluctant Memoir - Richard M. Cohen
  8. "Gabe Cohen: Meet the KHQ Local News Team". KHQ-TV.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Meredith Vieira Is Moved to Tears After Mystery Guest Delivers Mother's Day Surprise—Watch the Emotional Clip". 2015-05-10. Retrieved 2015-09-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Published works

  • Cohen, Richard M. (2004). Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0060014094.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Cohen, Richard M. (2008). Strong At The Broken Places. Harper. ISBN 978-0060763114.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Cohen, Richard M. (2012). I Want to Kill the Dog. Blue Rider Press. ISBN 978-0399162039.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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