Brandon Richard joined the 2NEWS team as a multi-media journalist in September 2011.
The move to Tulsa represents a homecoming for Brandon since he is a native Oklahoman. Born in Clinton and raised in Watonga, he knew from an early age that he was destined for a career in television, but it wasn't until watching coverage of the OKC Bombing in 1995 that Brandon made the decision to become a reporter.
"Even though I was nine years old, I remember watching the news and seeing those reporters at the bombing site, putting their safety in jeopardy to give us, the viewers, information about what was going on, trying to make sense of a senseless act," said Brandon. "From that moment on, I was hooked and knew I wanted to become a journalist."
Brandon's start in television began while attending the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. During his sophomore year, he began volunteering for UCO's award-winning nightly student newscast, "U-Central."
Brandon gradually worked his way up and by his senior year he was an anchor, reporter and producer. During this time, he also interned at KOCO in Oklahoma City.
Brandon's first professional job came when he was hired as a multimedia journalist by KPLC in Lake Charles, La. At KPLC Brandon conducted several one-one-one interviews with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. He even had an opportunity to sit down with "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno and boxing legend George Foreman.
But the story of which Brandon is most proud is the coverage he provided of the BP oil spill's impact on residents of Terrebonne Parish. The story earned him a Louisiana Broadcasters Associated Press Award.
Brandon's work was recognized nationally by the Radio Television Digital News Association (formerly Radio Television News Directors Association) after winning the organization's Ed Bradley Scholarship for Excellence in Reporting in 2008. He has also been honored by the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association, winning first place for hard news reporting.
When he isn't reporting, Brandon loves talking and reading about politics. He also enjoys following college football and watching reality TV.
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