Harvey Levin


Harvey Levin

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credits = Host of "TMZ on TV"
Legal analyst on "The People's Court"
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Harvey Robert Levin (born September 2, 1951) is an American television producer, lawyer, legal analyst, and a celebrity reporter.

Levin received an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. He passed the bar exam in 1975, and taught at Whittier College School of Law (formerly known as Beverly Rubens School of Law) in Orange County between approximately 1977 and 1980.

He later worked in various legal roles in the entertainment industry. For years, he was a legal reporter on KCBS-TV in Los Angeles where he reported on the O.J. Simpson murder trial. In 1994, Levin almost caused murder charges against Simpson to be tossed out when he presented a video on KCBS-TV that allegedly showed prosecutor Marcia Clark searching Simpson’s home before a search warrant was issued. Within days, however, Levin was forced to retract the story and apologize on the air.

In 1996, Levin moved to New York to work as a legal analyst for "The People's Court" and deactivated his California bar license. Six years later, in 2002, Levin created and executive produced "Celebrity Justice" until it was cancelled after three years.

Today, Levin is a managing editor at TMZ.com, a celebrity news and gossip site [http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/recent_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001656883 launched by Time Warner-AOL] in December 2005. He also executive produces and hosts "TMZ on TV". He is a frequent guest of "The Kevin and Bean Morning show", in addition to CNN's "Larry King Live".

Levin is openly gay and lives in Los Angeles with his long-time partner, a chiropractor.

Awards

On December 30, 2007, the media watchdog website, Tabloid Baby, named Levin its "Journalist of The Year" for 2007 cite news |first=Tabloid|last=Baby|title=Tabloid Baby’s 2007 Journalist of The Year |url=http://tabloidbaby.blogspot.com/2007/12/tabloid-babys-2007-journalist-of-year.html|work= |publisher=Tabloidbaby.com |date=December 30 2007 |accessdate=2007-12-30 ] , stating: “Who did more damage to entertainment reporting in 2007 than Harvey Levin?... he and his gutter operation… almost singlehandedly transformed Hollywood entertainment reporting into a gutter-level street battle fueled by self-hatred, jealousy and anger, with no concern for what once determined greatness, excellence or fame…”

References

* [http://media.aoltimewarner.com/media/newmedia/cb_press_view.cfm?release_num=55254492 AOL And Telepictures Launch On-Demand Entertainment News Network On The Web: TMZ.com]
* [http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/recent_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001656883 AOL-Time Warner Launches TMZ.com]
* [http://tabloidbaby.blogspot.com/2007/09/blog-post_13.html Tabloidbaby.com: "TMZ TV: Goodbye, Mr. Levin"]

External links

*imdb name|id=0505608|name=Harvey Levin
* [http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0305/23/se.11.html CNN anchor Daryn Kagan's interview with Levin] - May 23, 2003


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