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
  • Albertville Community Meeting

    Alabama A&M Students Help Albertville With Long-Term Planning

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Alabama A&M University graduate researchers say Albertville is a city that is poised to grow.  Students in Russell Fricano’s community and regional planning class were assigned the Marshall County town for a research project. They presented their findings to dozens of involved citizens at a community meeting this afternoon.  The students looked at planning issues like economic development and public services, to help provide city leaders with data and recommendations for future growth. The city council intends to […]

  • Pet Raccoon (Photo: Jodi Smith Carter)

    Pet Raccoons Lead to Illegal Possession of Wildlife Charges

    ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Marshall County man said he knew it was against the law to have two raccoons as pets, but he said he rescued them and was trying to raise the wild animals until they were big enough to go off and live on their own. Marcus Carter told WHNT News 19 he was heartbroken when Conservation Enforcement Officers took the raccoons and killed them due to state law and policy. “They were part of our family,” […]

  • Chuck Ellis

    Injured State Trooper Carries Special Olympics Torch

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A state trooper struck by a car in November jogged a quarter-mile Friday for the first time since his leg was broken in the accident. Chuck Ellis served as the ceremonial torch bearer in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to kick off the 2013 Marshall County Special Olympics. The former Albertville City Council member was jogging December 28 as part of his required weekly training as a state trooper.  A truck hit him at the intersection of […]

  • George Jones

    Country Legend George Jones Dies At 81

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Legendary country music singer George Jones has died at age 81. He died at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville on Friday morning.  Jones had been hospitalized since April 18 with a fever and irregular blood pressure, his representatives said. Jones sang some of the greatest songs in country music — including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “White Lightning,” “Finally Friday,” “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” “The One I Loved Back Then,” “The […]

  • A corrections officer inspected the mail for contraband and found a cardboard pocket containing a bag of marijuana. (Photo: Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

    Marijuana Mailed, Delivered to Boaz City Jail

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — A post office mix-up led to the arrest of a Marshall County woman when the Boaz Police Department received mail containing marijuana. Deputy Chief Todd Adams said a corrections officer found a small bag containing the drugs as he inspected letters delivered to the jail Tuesday afternoon. “In a bundle of other letters for the jail, it got routed down to the jail and when the jailer went through the mail, he opened the mail.  It’s […]

  • Jeremy Lewayne Lang (Photo source: Arab Police)

    Update: Terrorist Threat Charges Filed Against Arab Jail Escapee

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County man who escaped the Arab City Jail and avoided capture for several hours is charged with three counts of making a terrorist threat. Arab police said 32-year-old Jeremy Lewayne Lang called in bomb threats to Marshall Medical Center North in Arab, Marshall Medical Center South in Boaz, and Cullman Regional Medical Center in Cullman as he escaped from police custody April 21. Lang is also charged with promoting prison contraband as police believe […]

  • Body Found

    Update: Rescue Squad Says Family Identified Body Found in Lake Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) — The president of the Guntersville Rescue Squad said he is confident the body found in the lake Tuesday is the man who went missing early January after investigators said he jumped off the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Frank Myers said he spoke briefly with Deonta Griffin’s father, who recognized the shoes. “To our knowledge there wasn’t another subject out there to be found.  With the clothing we were told he was wearing, personally I’m satisfied that this is […]

  • Eight-year-old Alivia Michael rushes to her father, Marine Sergeant Jacob Michael. (Photo: Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

    Surprise Homecoming for Marine at Albertville Primary School

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A second grade student got a surprise visitor at school Friday when her father walked into her classroom after a nine-month deployment. Eight-year-old Alivia Michael pumped both fists, exclaimed “yes”, and after checking for  approval from her teacher, ran to hug Sergeant Jacob Michael for the first time since July. “We didn’t know if she was going to jump up and come running after me or if she was just going to sit in her chair and […]

  • Police Frustrated by Assault Victims Declining to File Charges

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Not having a suspect in a violent crime is frustrating for police, but so is knowing the identity of an attacker and not being able to arrest them. Boaz Police Chief Terry Davis said officers recently investigated an assault at a gas station, where a man was pulled out of a vehicle, punched nearly 20 times, and stomped on as he lay unconscious on the ground. “The guy was admitted to the hospital, and of course […]

  • Arab City Council to Decide Future of Twin Lakes Golf Club

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — The Arab zoning board opposes the construction of apartments on a former golf course, but the city council will make the decision at a meeting next month. Twin Lakes Golf Club closed two years ago, and the property owner asked the zoning board to rezone 30 acres of land from low density residential to high density residential. That would allow a developer to construct apartment buildings on what used to be the 1st and 18th holes, but some […]

  • June 2010: Investigators discuss evidence found at the Wigleys' home in the Horton area of Marshall County. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    Wigley Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter In Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Horton man pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting and killing his wife at their home in 2010. Sherwin James Wigley, 60, was charged with the June 29, 2010 murder of Lori Wigley, 46, but entered a guilty plea to the lesser included crime of intentional manslaughter. “We’re very pleased and feel like it was a reasonable outcome,” Marshall County Chief Assistant District Attorney Everett Johnson said after Wigley entered his guilty plea. “Of course, we’re […]

  • Martin Luther King

    50th Anniversary of MLK’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail”

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville librarians and Marshall County officials celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” with a public reading of the letter at the Marshall County Courthouse. The civil rights leader wrote the open letter April 16, 1963; exactly 50 years earlier. Birmingham police arrested more than 50 people April 12, 1963, including King, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Ralph Abernathy, as they protested segregation and a recent court order issued by Circuit Judge W. A. Jenkins that prohibited […]


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