Profile Information / Wiki Biography
- Leland Vittert ‘@themiddleeastnomad’ is a reporter and on-air personality with an expertise in the politics of the Middle East.
- Delivering the news with integrity and honesty has made him one of today’s leading TV analysts.
Personal Life & Family Background :
- Leland currently lives in Washington D.C. and is single.
- He is not the only family member in the spotlight. His sister is the celebrity chef Liberty Vittert, who also happens to be a professor of data science at Harvard University.
Early Life and Education :
- Leland Holt Vittert was born on August 31, 1982, in Illinois to parents Mark and Carol Vittert. He grew up in a happy household with his parents and sister.
- Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Chicago Campus is where Vittert graduated from.
- He spent a year studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Career, Income, Salary & Net Worth :
- Leland began his career as a reporter taking an internship at KTVI-TV (Fox 2) In St. Louis, Missouri.
- His work came to prominence in Baltimore during the Freddie Gray riots. People were astonished that he was standing amongst residents and demonstrators carrying out interviews while still surrounded by riot police.
- His early career consisted of being a weekend anchor at KDVR-TV (Fox 31) in Denver, Colorado, and reporter for WFTV-TV (ABC 9) in Orlando, Florida.
- National news stations in Little Rock and Fayetteville in Arkansas and Madison Wisconsin have also benefited from Leland’s expert reporting.
- In 2006 Leland received an Emmy nomination for coverage of Officer Bishop’s clearing in Orlando, Florida.
- In 2010, a move to the Middle East to become a news presenter for the Fox News Channel based in Jerusalem was added to his resume.
- His stint in the Middle East was full of adventures – he followed the Arab Spring uprising, the Tahir Square political demonstrations that led to the resignation of the then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. He also covered the movements of Colonel Gadaffi and the 2012 eight-day war between Israel and Hamas.
- Notable interviews he conducted during these times include those with the brother of the Al-Qaeda leader, and a failed suicide bomber.
- In 2014, just before Vittert moved back to Washington D.C, he spent a month in eastern Ukraine to report on Russian based militias taking over part of the country.
- He fills in for hosts on Fox and Friends, Americans Newsroom and Happening Now.
Trivia, Height & Interesting Facts :
- Leland won the “Best Hair on a TV Anchor Award” in 2007.
- Up until 2018, Leland owned his faithful Tahoe Chevrolet truck which he had driven for around 15 years.
- Leland is a dog lover and supports various dog charities.
- A day of relaxation will find Leland on the golf course with his father.
- Leland couldn’t talk until the age of three!
- He was quoted as saying happiness is “Getting a Victoria’s Secret Model to fall in love with him and be on a beach together with and a margarita.”