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
  • Fifth Person Charged in Guntersville Shooting

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police have charged a fifth person with attempted murder following the shooting of John Wesley Marks on May 31. Jason Anthony Wills is the latest person to be charged. Max Lee Blair, Jarmare Demon Mathis, Keisha Leann Price, and Willis Steve Pointer, Jr., are also charged with attempted murder. “It appears there may have been some plan or some premeditation to the act, that the individuals may have come into the neighborhood for that purpose,” Marshall County assistant […]

  • Four Charged In Guntersville Shooting

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Investigators said a man shot early Friday morning is recovering from non-life threatening injuries at Huntsville Hospital.  Meanwhile, four people are now charged with attempted murder. Prosecutors said Max Lee Blair, Jarmare Demon Mathis, Keisha Leann Price, and Willis Steve Pointer, Jr., are charged with the attempted murder of John Wesley Marks. “It appears there may have been some plan or some premeditation to the act, that the individuals may have come into the neighborhood for […]

  • Albertville Cemetery Crews Clean Leaky Mausoleum Chamber

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — City officials tell WHNT News 19 a leaky mausoleum chamber at Memory Hill Cemetery is cleaned up and should not happen again. Albertville mayor Tracy Honea said crews acted quickly to fix one of the units in the mausoleum after workers noticed an offensive odor coming from one of the marble walls and discovered a leak inside one of the chambers. The cemetery superintendent said the vault was properly sealed, but it appears the coffin inside was […]

  • Boaz Police Chief to Retire June 1

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – Boaz Police Chief Terry Davis will retire from his post. Davis submitted a letter to Boaz city officials explaining his decision to retire, and said it is effective this Saturday, June 1, 2013.  Davis wrote in his letter: “I have truly enjoyed and have been honored to serve as Chief of Police for the City of Boaz for these past 13 years, and have been honored to work for the city for 20 years.  I want […]

  • Family of Deonta Griffin to File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  An attorney from Montgomery announced a lawsuit against Albertville, Boaz, and Guntersville for the wrongful death of a Marshall County man. Mark Overall represents the family of Deonta Griffin, who died in January after a fall into the Tennessee River from the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Guntersville. The 20-year-old led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase on Highway 431 that started about 18 miles away in Boaz.  Police said speeds topped 100 miles per hour. Overall […]

  • Police: Albertville Woman Left Grandchild in Hot Car

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — Officers rescued a 2-year-old girl soaked in sweat from a hot car. Boaz Police arrested 45-year-old Angela Parrish Coffey of Albertville on Monday afternoon, charging her with reckless endangerment and illegal possession of prescription drugs. A witness called police to report a small child who appeared to be in distress inside a car at Walmart on Highway 431.  Police said the windows were up and the engine was off. Investigators said a patrol officer was about […]

  • Marshall County BBQ Team Serves Meals in Moore, Oklahoma

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — Barbecue cook-off competitors from across the country are putting their food battles aside to feed tens of thousands in Oklahoma. A Marshall County team left for Moore Tuesday afternoon and started serving Wednesday. The barbecue wizards at Holy Smokes in Boaz don’t want money, they want to help. “God impressed on us a few years ago that we needed to use our talents.  Instead of trying to make money with it, to help others, so that’s basically […]

  • Boaz Educators Talk About Heroic Teachers in Oklahoma

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — The valiant acts of teachers in Oklahoma who used their bodies to shield students from Monday’s deadly tornado are getting national attention. Boaz fourth grade teacher Catina Stewart said she is confident she and her co-workers would do the same, as students become their children during the nine month school year. Stewart said she feels a strong emotional attachment to the heroic teachers. “It’s fabulous to hear and it’s also heartbreaking because these children, they become ours.  I […]

  • Boaz Police Investigate Counterfeit Money Spent at Rec Center

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — The Secret Service was in Marshall County over the weekend to seize some home-made money discovered by Boaz police. Assistant police chief Todd Adams said the culprits are spending counterfeit cash around town, and instead of using fake $50 or $100 bills, but $1s, $5s, and $10s. “Somebody wants to go to the federal penitentiary awfully bad to counterfeit a $1 bill,” Adams said.  “If you come up with a $1 bill, those will very rafely be […]

  • 18-Wheeler Carrying Chickens Overturns In Marshall County

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) – An 18-wheeler overturned in Marshall County Tuesday morning near Cathedral Caverns. The truck turned on its side around 11 a.m. on Cathedral Caverns Parkway, about two miles up from Highway 431.  The road is currently closed from White Elephant Road to the scene of the wreck. The driver was not seriously hurt.  An Alabama State Trooper on the scene said the man was walking and talking but complaining of back pain.  Paramedics treated him on the […]

  • Long Waits for DNA Results Pay Off

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Dekalb County Sheriff said he is thrilled at how quickly his investigators received the results of DNA testing in a burglary case. Quickly still meant three months. Deputies got a major piece of evidence after a February break-in at the Fyffe Pharmacy. “We found a partial fingertip.  A small fingertip,” Sheriff Jimmy Harris said. He knew DNA would be a long wait because of a backlog at the forensics department. “It normally takes so long on […]

  • Investment Group Plans to Save Albertville Golf Course

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Albertville golf course’s future looks much greener. Two months after city officials announced the Albertville Golf and Country Club was more than $1 million in debt, some members coordinated a group of investors to save the club. Frank McDaniel is the leader of a about a dozen business people who formed an investment group called Big Spring Lake, LLC.  He spent 20 years in the Alabama House of Representatives, and Albertville City Council president Nathan Broadhurst said […]

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