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Frances Rivera (born 1970[2][3]) is a Filipino-American journalist and television news anchor. For ten years, until August 2011, she had been a television reporter and anchor for Boston's NBC affiliate, WHDH. From 2011-2013, she was a morning news anchor for WPIX in New York City. In February 2014, she joined NBC News and MSNBC where she served as Thomas Roberts co-anchor on MSNBC Live airing weekdays from 1-3pm ET.[4]

Frances Rivera
Born1970 (age 48–49)
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Diliman
Home townDallas, Texas
Spouse(s)Stuart Fraass[1]
ChildrenTessa (daughter)
Laz Conrad River (son)


After graduation from college, Rivera returned to the United States to work at CBS Morning News in New York City. She worked at CBS affiliate KWTV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and NBC affiliate KFDX in Wichita Falls, Texas. She also worked off camera in New York City for CBS News' The Morning Show and covered the 1996 Presidential campaign. Rivera was also a co-host and reporter for the PBS show Asian America.

Boston 2001-2011Edit

In 2001, Rivera joined WHDH in Boston and in 2006, was promoted to the news anchor chair.[citation needed]

Move to New York 2011Edit

In July 2011, it was reported that due to personal and family reasons, Rivera would leave WHDH in August 2011 for a New York TV job.[5][6] Her last broadcast in Boston was Thursday, August 18, 2011.[7] She left to join the WPIX Pix11 Morning News in New York City[8] and began broadcasting there on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 6:14 a.m. covering Hurricane Irene.[9][10]

On August 6, 2013, Rivera accepted a buyout from WPIX and left the station at the end of that month. On her Facebook page, she stated, "Never been into on-air goodbyes, so for my last week at work, I insist on a no fuss, genuine one right here: Much love and goodbye for now!"[11][12][13]

In 2014, she became a co-anchor at MSNBC.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Rivera was born in the Philippines. When she was three years old, she and her family, including her two brothers Andre and Marc, moved from the Philippines to Austin, Texas. Sometime afterward, they moved and settled in Dallas. She was sent by her family to finish her studies in the Philippines which she did, receiving her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

In 2003, Rivera married Stuart Fraass, a Boston mortgage broker,[14] and in 2010, they had their first child, a daughter named Tessa.[15] In fall 2012, she gave birth to their second child, a son named Laz Conrad River.[16]


  1. ^ Soroff, Jonathan, "A Land Noir, Noir Away" Archived April 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, The Improper Bostonian, 2010
  2. ^ Diaz, Johnny, "Woman of the hours: Channel 7 anchor Frances Rivera is proud of her Filipino heritage and her career. She's also proud to call Boston home", Boston Globe, December 17, 2007. "At 37, Rivera is the youngest main female anchor in Boston."
  3. ^ "The 25 Most Sylish Bostonians 2007", The Boston Globe, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Frances Rivera Joins Thomas Roberts on 'MSNBC Live'", New England One, March 3, 2015
  5. ^ Frances Rivera leaving Channel 7 for N.Y. local TV job, Jessica Heslam, Boston Herald, July 13, 2011
  6. ^ Diaz, Johnny, "Frances Rivera to leave Channel 7 anchor team", The Boston Globe, July 13, 2011
  7. ^ Frances Rivera's Facebook page - entry for Monday, August 15, 2011
  8. ^ Huff, Richard, "Local TV anchors switch it up, with Frances Rivera joining WPIX/Ch.11; Michelle Imperato heads to LA", New York Daily News, Friday, July 15, 2011
  9. ^ Knox, Merrill, "It’s Official: Frances Rivera Joins NYC’s WPIX", TV Spy, from a WPIX press release, August 22, 2011 2:35 PM
  10. ^ "Profile: Frances Rivera", WPIX Morning News team.
  11. ^ "Frances Rivera". Facebook. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  12. ^ "Breaking: Frances Rivera Accepts Buyout from WPIX | Tuned In". 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  13. ^ "dcrtv". Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  14. ^ "Spreading the news", The Boston Herald, Monday, March 22, 2010
  15. ^ "7's Frances Rivera Welcomes Baby Girl To The World", WHDH-TV story, 2010.
  16. ^ Pekerman, Pamela, "Frances Rivera Interview, Stylish Mom, PIX11 Anchor, & MILF Mom Is Looking Fabulous", Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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