Dean Richards Biography
Dean Richards is an American Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter and critic working for WGN-TV. Richards’ work is as well seen and heard on several Nexstar Media Group properties around the country. Dean was cited in a New York Times front-page article as the company’s “Man of Many Hats.”
Dean Richards Career
Richards has been working at WGN-TV as a staff announcer, since joining in 1991. Dean appeared as a guest reviewer and was brought on board as a regular contributor soon after in 1998. Dean’s interviews with national and local celebrities, reports on showbiz, and reviews of the latest movies are seen on WGN’s newscasts, including Morning News” and “WGN Midday News,” and also Nexstar Media Group stations in additional markets.
Richards has as well hosted and co-produced specials such as the award-winning “Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics,” the Oscar preview special “The Envelope Please,” “Stories of Hope: Facing Breast Cancer,” “Unforgettable: Living with Alzheimer’s,” “Chicago’s Summer Blast,” “Family Classics” and “Bozo’s Circus: The 1960s.”
He has as well contributed to the national cable channel WGN America, classic TV network Antenna TV, the Chicago Tribune, and RedEye. Richards was inducted into the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle; in 2016, and in 2017, he was honored with the Chicago International Television Festival’s Chicago Award.
Dean Richards Age
He was born on March 31, 1954, in Chicago, IL. He celebrates his birthday on March 31 every year. Richards is 69 years old.
Dean Richards Height
He stands at a height of approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall.
Dean Richards Family
Richards has managed to keep his personal life away from the limelight hence he has not disclosed any information about his parents. It is also not known if hehas any siblings.
Dean Richards Wife
Richards is very private about his personal life therefore it is not known if he is in any relationship. There are also no rumors of him being in any past relationship with anyone.
Dean Richards Net Worth
Richards has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned through being an entertainment reporter and critic.
Dean Richards Salary
Richards earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $ 110,500.
Dean Richards Cancer
Richards faced a cancer scare when he had his thyroid gland removed in September 2007. He has been a long-time supporter of Gilda’s Club, a support organization for cancer survivors founded by Gene Wilder, the husband of comedian Gilda Radner. Since the early 2000s, he has given over one week of his radio show a year to support the organization and to share with and tell the stories of Gilda’s Club members.
For over 20 years, His radio and television specials on the fight against breast cancer have garnered many national and local awards and citations from breast cancer organizations, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer organization, including the American Cancer Society, the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Center, and the “Y-ME” National Breast Cancer Organization, for contributions to the fight the disease.
Dean Richards Awards
Since joining WGN Radio in 1994, he has won over 30 local and national awards for programming and production, including the Peter Lisagor Award for Outstanding Journalism, the Illinois Broadcasters Association, the Associated Press Best Feature of the Year, the Associated Press Best Feature of the Year, UPI, Chicago A.I.R. Awards, and Promax International Promotion and Marketing Awards. He was inducted into the WGN Radio Walk of Fame, which pays tribute to the station’s legendary talent in 2016.
Dean Richards WGN-TV
Richards works at WGN-TV where he works alongside other famous WGN-TV anchors, reporters, meteorologists, and sports anchors including;
- Kaitlin Bennett
- Julie Unruh
- Mike Toomey
- Judy Wang
- Pat Tomasulo
- Tom Skilling
- Erik Runge
- Dan Roan
- Dana Rebik
- Marcella Raymond
- Larry Potash
- Dan Ponce
- Jarrett Payton
- Micah Materre
- Lauren Magiera
- Mike Lowe
- Nancy Loo
- Paul Lisnek
- Sean Lewis
The table below answers some of the frequently asked questions about Richards.
|Who is Richards?||He is an American Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter and critic|
|Age||67 years old as of 2021|
|Height||5 feet 7 inches|
|Salary||$40,000 – $ 110,500|
|Net Wort||$1 Million – $5 Million|