About Richard @rlcoolidge
Richard is a senior producer for PBS NewsHour and a senior member of the editorial team, helping to manage, plan and produce daily news and feature content for the broadcast, as well as for digital and social media platforms.
He serves as a critical liaison to our growing list of partners, including PBS stations, non-profit journalism organizations and other media organizations with whom PBS NewsHour has formed a content sharing arrangement.
Prior to joining the NewsHour, Richard spent 26 years at ABC News, producing stories around the country and around the world, including coverage of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and crises in other global hotspots such as Pakistan, Yemen and Darfur. He produced stories from the field during four presidential campaign cycles and covered political, national security and foreign affairs stories during the Bush and Obama administrations. He also acted as the creative force behind the design, execution and production of multi-media content.
Richard's work has generated award winning content for broadcast and online. Richard has earned three George Foster Peabody awards, two Alfred I. duPont awards, three Emmy awards, and one Edward R. Murrow award. For online work, he has been a Webby Honoree three times.
Richard is a graduate of Middlebury College and is an avid skier and outdoorsman.
Richard’s Recent Stories
Health Jul 17How Arizona became such a COVID-19 hot spot
Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising across the U.S., but Arizona’s downward spiral stands apart. Health experts there warn that if the state’s residents and leaders don't change policies and behavior, a bad situation will escalate into something even…
Science Nov 27As water levels rise, this Alaska town is fleeing to higher ground
Rising sea levels will threaten three times more people in the next 30 years than previously thought, according to the latest scientific estimates. Among the hundreds of millions of people worldwide facing the threat are the 400 residents of Newtok,…
Nation Nov 23Column: This Black Friday, do something different. Get outdoors
This year on Black Friday, take your dog for a walk, go on a hike, explore a beach, get out on the water, play a board game, spend time with those who matter.
Nation Nov 24Column: On Black Friday, ditch the mall and get outside
Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go…and then to the mall? I have never really understood the concept of Black Friday, and I can’t really think of anything that goes more against the grain of…
World Jun 28Watch this soccer announcer’s raucous takedown of England after Iceland victory
The tiny country of Iceland has made it through to the quarterfinals of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament by beating a giant.