Fields was born and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of 16, he moved to Clearwater, Florida, where he graduated from Clearwater High School. Fields later attended the University of Florida, where he majored in Broadcasting. After more than 25 years as a successful radio personality (including 10 years with CBS RADIO in Los Angeles), he decided to go back to college for post-graduate work in meteorology at Mississippi State University.
In 2000, Fields completed his meteorology internship at weather hot spot WFLA in Tampa, Florida, where he became very familiar with severe thunderstorms and hurricane dynamics.
In 2001, Fields accepted the morning weather position at CBS affiliate KPSP in Palm Springs, California, and later moved up to the position of Chief Meteorologist.
In 2004, while still working at KPSP, Fields was offered the announcer position at the popular CBS Daytime game show “The Price Is Right.” He spent four seasons on stage with Bob Barker and three seasons with Drew Carey.
Fields is a former cancer patient who has survived two bouts with the disease and three surgeries. He volunteers when he can for American Cancer Society events with the hope of inspiring young cancer patients to realize that cancer is not a death sentence and they can have hopes and dreams for a successful future.
Rich and his wife Christine live in the Los Angeles area with their Pug named Gunner.