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Robert Richardson joined the WHNT News 19 team in December 2009 as a reporter in the Sand Mountain newsroom. It is a homecoming of sorts, as the Birmingham native returns to Alabama after several years exploring other parts of the country.

After graduating from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Robert studied Telecommunications, Film and Digital Media at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2007, he completed his master's degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Maryland-College Park. He received the 2007 National Mark of Excellence Award in Television Feature Photography from the Society of Professional Journalists for a story he covered for University of Maryland Television.

During graduate school, Robert also did freelance production work for ESPN, CBS Sports, FOX Sports, and the NFL Network, and even attended the 2007 White House Press Correspondents Dinner--with Access Hollywood.

Robert comes to WHNT from the KSWO 7-News Team in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he covered Southwest Oklahoma and Northwest Texas, but is excited to be back in Sweet Home Alabama.

In his free time, Robert gets up way too early on the weekends to watch his favorite soccer team, Chelsea FC from London. He also dabbles in soccer himself, winning the Alabama Governor's Cup during high school, and now coaches a team of high school students in Albertville.

When it comes to news, he's always looking for something different and to share people's stories. He's gone weight-lifting with the 60-year-old women's world champion, trained in hand-to-hand combat with the middleweight cage-fighting champion of the U.S. Army, and even covered a wedding at a Sonic Drive-In.

Put it this way--Robert's always willing to try anything once, and since he's new to this part of the state, he is always open to story ideas, so send him an e-mail at robert.richardson@whnt.com.


Recent Articles
  • Last Chance to Visit Sequoyah Caverns; Owner Ready for Retirement

    VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (WHNT) — 2014 would be the 50th year in business for Sequoyah Caverns in DeKalb County, but the owner is closing the caves on September 3. John Jones took over as manager of Sequoyah Caverns 10 years ago, but his ancestors bought the property in 1841.  The Ellis and Jones families kept it closed to prevent vandalism, but allowed some kids from camps in Mentone to visit.  A friend approached the family in 1961 to discuss a tourist attraction, […]

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    Boaz Passes Resolution Opposing Parole for Councilman’s Sister’s Killer

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — The killer of a Boaz councilman’s sister is about to be up for parole. The other members of the city council and the mayor passed a resolution on behalf of Jerry Battles and the city of Boaz, to deny the parole request of Douglas Scott Barron. Barron killed his wife, Sheila Battles Barron, in 1989.  He turned himself in to police, and later pled guilty to murder.  Barron’s plea agreement was for a 30 year prison sentence. “The […]

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    3D Printing For Boaz Schools’ Design Classes

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — A big project for Boaz schools this summer is replacing their computer network, but the mounts that came with the switches don’t fit flush with the wall. “We started looking at ways to get these switches mounted and I talked to a machine shop and told them basically what i needed, and they said it would be five to eight dollars a piece,” director of technologies Wayne Caudle said. He needed 364, for about $2,000.  Instead, he spent $2,000 […]

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    Strangers Become Friends Through Kidney Donation

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A Rainsville educator is getting to enjoy her summer break for the first time in years, thanks to a kidney donation from a stranger. DeKalb County Schools software specialist Paula Nance is no longer restricted by dialysis, and is planning a trip to visit south Alabama and Louisiana. “I’m going to be able to pack what I want and not have to worry about packing a trunk load of dialysis supplies.  Since I did it at […]

  • Nearly 1,000 Attend North Alabama’s Second “Doctor Who” Convention

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Two television titans are having their 50th anniversaries this year:  WHNT News 19 and British Broadcasting Corporation show Doctor Who. We will celebrate ours later in 2013, but nearly 1,000 people gathered at the second annual “Con Kasterborous” to honor the legendary science-fiction program. About 600 people attended the first convention in 2012, but co-chairman Bonnie Auten said they sold more than 600 tickets by the end of breakfast Saturday, with hundreds more fans arriving later in the […]

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    North Alabama Girl Scout Camps Saved

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) — The Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama voted unanimously Wednesday against selling four of its camps. About 50 current and former Girl Scouts rallied outside the GSNCA’s Birmingham headquarters, to show their support for the camps and submit a petition to save them. They sang camp songs, some of which had modified lyrics such as: Leader:  “We don’t think closing camp is right.” Scouts: “We don’t think closing camp is right.” Leader:  “We […]

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    Girl Scouts to Rally in Support of Saving Camps

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –The Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama will meet Wednesday morning to decide the fate of two of their camps. Before the meeting begins at the GSNCA’s Birmingham headquarters at 10 a.m., dozens of former and current scouts plan to surround the building in support of keeping Guntersville’s Camp Trico and Trussville’s Camp Coleman open and in operation. Milly Breeden of Marshall County is helping organize the rally, and will be presenting GSNCA’s leaders […]

  • DeKalb County Schools Apply for Pre-K Funding

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County Board of Education will learn in two weeks if they can start Pre-K programs at any or all of the county’s elementary schools. The school system applied for grants to enable them to provide instruction to 4-year-olds. “It gets them ready, and gets their skills built up for kindergarten because lots of the new common core curriculum standards have brought down first grade standards into kindergarten,” DeKalb County Schools instructional supervisor Mary Lance said. […]

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    Scottsboro Splash Pad Renter Upset By Overflowing Toilet

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The Scottsboro Parks and Recreation department received a complaint about their splash pad this week, after two years of no problems. Gerald Barnes said a clogged and overflowing toilet ruined his son’s birthday party, and he is not satisfied with the park’s offer to reschedule another party to rectify the situation. Barnes said he was hoping for an evening full of water fun at the splash pad, and paid $120 to reserve one of the two pavilions […]

  • DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris and his "Wall of Shame". (Photo: Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

    DeKalb County Drug Task Force Arrests 27 in Drug Operation

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Nearly 30 people are in custody and charged with drug trafficking after a DeKalb County Drug Task Force warrant round-up. Sheriff Jimmy Harris said the investigation began seven or eight months ago, and investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, Fort Payne Police Department, and DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office began planning the round-up several weeks ago. They began with a list of 32 people, and taped pictures of the suspects’ faces on a wall at the […]

  • Memorial Bike Ride for Cyclist Killed by Motorist

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — A group of Tennessee Valley cyclists rode Saturday morning in memory of a bike rider killed in Dekalb County two years ago. Christina Genco was on a Bike and Build mission trip from South Carolina to southern California, when she was struck and killed by a vehicle between Fort Payne and Rainsville. Her family in Massachusetts held a memorial bike ride each of the past two Mother’s Days since Genco’s death June 6, 2011, and James […]

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    Police Connect Guntersville Shooting to Home Invasion

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police investigating a shooting early Friday morning said it is connected to a home invasion that occurred Thursday night in Albertville. Guntersville police arrested Max Lee Blair, Jarmare Demon Mathis, Keisha Leann Price, and Willis Steve Pointer, Jr., on May 31 for the attempted murder of John Wesley Marks earlier that morning.  Officers arrested Jason Anthony Wills for the same charge Monday. Albertville Police Chief Doug Pollard said there was a home invasion on Thursday, May 30, […]

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