Scott Richards

Watch “Inside this Week” with Scott Richards every Tuesday and Thursday during the second half hour of the CBS 42 News at 4 p.m.

Following his retirement from a 43-year career as a television news reporter, photographer, producer and anchor, Scott Richards returned to broadcasting in the summer of 2020 as a contributor for CBS 42 News.

Scott was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania southeast of Pittsburgh.  He has spent almost all of his adult life in the South beginning with college at Wake Forest University and, after military service, completing his degree at the University of Louisville.

Scott got into broadcasting during his three-year enlistment in the United States Army. After basic training at Ft. Dix and journalism training at the Defense Information School at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, the Army sent Scott to the Panama Canal Zone where he worked in radio and then became the evening news anchor for SCN, the Southern Command Network.

Following Scott’s last military assignment at Ft. Knox, He began his career in commercial broadcasting at WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky as a general assignment reporter / photographer and then as the 11 p.m. news producer. His career next took him to WKRC-TV, Cincinnati where he worked as a reporter and weekend anchor and occasionally substituted for Nick Clooney (George’s father) on the weekday anchor desk.  Scott’s next move up the ladder was back to Louisville as weekday evening news co-anchor and executive producer.

In 1981 Scott came to Birmingham as the evening news anchor for WBRC-TV and remained in that position until he retired in 2014.  He was named Best News Anchor in Alabama nine times by the Alabama Associated Press Broadcasters Association and was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Southeastern Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In his contributing role for CBS 42 News Scott researches and writes a segment called “Inside This Week,” which gives viewers context and perspective on how yesterday’s headlines so often connect to today’s news.

Scott has been married for 40 years.  He and has wife Yvonne have two sons. 

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