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 firstname.lastname@example.org.