Harvey Robert Levin, an American celebrity reporter, television producer, lawyer and legal analyst, was born in 1950. Levin is renowned for his top-notch celebrity news website.


Being born in Los Angeles, California, Levin attended the Grover Cleveland High School and successfully pursued his course, and graduated from the school in 1968. This was followed by a matriculation to the Santa Barbara-based University of California, where he attained his Political Science B.A in 1972. As though that was not enough, Levin joined the University of Chicago Law School, from where he graduated in 1975. 

It is in April 2010 that Levin publicly confirmed rumors about his sexual orientation as a gay when was the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s event speaker. Levin’s self-identification as a gay brought about the need for compartmentalizing his professional and personal lives following fears of not only losing his career but also his public image if his sexual orientation was made public.  According to Levin, Andy Mauer, a chiropractor based in Southern California, is his longtime partner. Harvey and his boyfriend jointly own multiple properties and share joint-deed listings – Harvey’s net worth stands at $10 million.


During the 1975-1996 times, Levin actively worked as an attorney in California. In the mid-70s, he was employed at the University of Miami School of Law as a lecture under Soia Mentschikoff.   Levin was well-experienced in this field since he had initially taught in Los Angeles before progressing to Whittier College School of Law. In 1978, the California Proposition 13 was subject to public scrutiny. This came as an ample opportunity for Levin since his performances in most of the debates associated with the Proposition pushed him into the lime light. His new social status won him sessions on radio shows where he provided legal advice and earned the nickname “Doctor Law”. Moreover, the Los Angeles Times offered him a columnist career for seven years.  

Later, Levin transitioned to entertainment. In 1982, the Los Angeles-based KNBC-TV offered him his first television job. At this time, Levin majored in legal issues. Later, he joined KCBS-TV where he conducted legal analysis and investigative reporting for a decade at the station. At one point, Levin covered the murder case of O.J. Simpson and this caused his prominence to grow uncontrollably. His legal analysis earned him favor with a crew member and earned him a position on The People’s Court for 25 years.

In 2005, Levin’s career grew to greater heights with the inception of the TMZ website. TMZ was launched by Telepictures Productions and AOL with Lewin being the managing director and founder.  The website rapidly grew to fame courtesy of the story of the anti-Semitic rant and DUI arrest of Mel Gibson. Its rise to prominence was also a resultant factor of the witty posting of stories of high-profile celebrities such as the Heath Ledger’s death, Rihanna’s abuse by Chris Brown, Michael Jackson’s death, among others. The Los Angeles Times terms the Michael Jackson Death coverage as the biggest coverage the website has done to date.

Last Modified: Apr 11, 2020

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