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

Recent Articles
  • Arab Art Students Paint Mural Downtown

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Some of the original store fronts from the early 1900s are back in downtown Arab, thanks to about two-dozen art students from the high school. The kids painted a mural Tuesday of old downtown shops on walls left after the demolition of the Clothes Pen.  The city council condemned the 100-year-old building in 2012. “It was torn up, kind of run down, you know, really old and dirty, so they took it down and we’re trying to […]

  • Marshall County Man Accused of Raping Four-Year-Old

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County man faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted of the rape and sexual abuse of a 4-year-old child. Guntersville detectives arrested 24-year-old Justin Allen Soper this weekend and county prosecutors charged him with rape and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. “Something that none of us can fathom or imagine,” district attorney Steve Marshall said. “In this case the defendant is looking at […]

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    DeKalb County DA’s Investigator Arrested for DUI

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — Police arrested a DeKalb County investigator early Saturday morning for driving under the influence. Fort Payne Police Chief Randy Bynum said officers arrested Gary Williams for DUI around 3:30 a.m. Bynum told WHNT News 19 a witness saw a black Dodge Charger hit a guardrail at Interstate 59 and Glenn Boulevard.  Police said the Charger continued north on Highway 35 toward Rainsville, and the witness followed until officers arrived, and they made a traffic stop after […]

  • Madison Shooting

    UPDATE: Two Die, Third Critical After Murder-Suicide In Knox Creek Subdivision

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville Police said Saturday’s shooting that left a man and a woman dead and another woman seriously injured appears to be a murder-suicide. Officers also rescued two children from the home after a standoff that lasted several hours. Huntsville investigators said it appears Brandon Lee Titsworth, 29, shot Ashley Leann Spangler then shot his live-in girlfriend, Briana Leigh Perkey.  He then shot and killed himself. Spangler, 24, died of her injuries.  Perkey, 23, is listed in […]

  • Dr. Chris Harper (r) and a dental assistant, Cindy Hyatt, (l) administer free services to a patient on Friday. (Photo: Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

    Guntersville Dentist Offers Free Services For A Day

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Guntersville dentist offered free services to the community on Friday with free cleanings, extractions, and fillings for people in need. This is the third year for Dr. Chris Harper and his staff to treat people for free. “I moved here three and a half years ago and this community’s been wonderful to me.  Even though I’m not from Guntersville, I feel like I get treated like a local,” said Dr. Harper. “I think it’s […]

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    Marshall County Burglary Suspect Falls Off Bluff

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — First responders in Marshall County used a ropes rescue system to recover a man who fell from a steep bluff Wednesday night, and the property owners said the injured man ran off the cliff as they caught him in the middle of a burglary. Anthony Wildman said burglars broke into a building on his Wooten Road property Tuesday night, and he and his father kept watch for them again Wednesday night. “I suspected who it was, […]

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    Shaving Heads to Fight Cancer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — About two dozen people shaved their heads at the Brickhouse Sports Cafe in support of kids who are fighting cancer. It was Huntsville’s first Saint Baldrick’s fundraiser.  The charity raises money to treat childhood cancer.  It started in 2000 with a few friends going bald on St. Patrick’s Day. They put the two terms together to create “Saint Baldrick.” Event coordinator Joe Matuella started participating several years ago.  In 2000, doctors  diagnosed his two-year-old son with acute […]

  • Pedestrian Hit

    Pedestrian Struck By Car Next To WhistleStop Festival

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A pedestrian suffered serious injuries after being struck by a car Saturday evening on Church Street next to an entrance to the Whistle Stop Festival. Huntsville police said the man’s injuries are not expected to be life threatening. The collision happened just before 10 p.m., and investigators said officers took the driver into custody for Driving Under the Influence.  Police have not released his name. Officers said they believe the pedestrian is homeless. A security guard at […]

  • Castro Alanis

    Two Charged with Drug Trafficking; Immigration Status in Question

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Two men face federal drug trafficking charges and are accused of importing crystal methamphetamine from Mexico to a community near Boaz. “This is pure crystal meth, it’s the good Mexican meth that they’re famous for.  It’s not the one-pot yellow looking stuff.  This is good stuff,” DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said. “America has got an appetite for meth, and Mexico supplies the meth.  So the market’s over here so they’re going to bring it […]

  • Henagar Homecoming

    Soldier Surprises Son and Daughters in DeKalb County

    HENAGAR, Ala. (WHNT) — Cecilia and Stephanie Gifford did not know what to expect at an afternoon school assembly.  They only prepared for singing “God Bless the USA.” Then their father, Army Specialist Stephen Gifford, walked into the school gymnasium. “I thought we were just going to sing and that would be it,” 8-year-old Cecilia said. “I saw him walking in, and I was so glad, I went running up and was hugging him.” Specialist Gifford enlisted in the Army […]

  • Arab FATS

    Marshall County Officers Use Fire Arms Training Simulator

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County law enforcement shot air guns at a video screen. Sensors detect their aim, and the projections are dramatizations of scenarios like shootings at schools and hospitals, or other incidents where there’s a bad guy with a weapon. Chief Ed Ralston said the Fire Arms Training Simulator (FATS) comes to Arab every two years and is a huge asset to the department which has limited options for gun training. “It’s good for the new officers […]

  • iPads for All Arab Junior High and High School Students

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Three months after approving iPads for all teachers, the Arab Board of Education decided to get one for every student at the junior high and high schools. Superintendent John Mullins there are currently about 1,450 students enrolled in those grades, but the school system will buy 1,650 iPads.  He said that will allow for growth and increased enrollment, and have extra on hand for what he called “technical difficulties.” Mullins said a lease agreement for the iPads […]


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