ABOUT Richard Davies
Richard Davies is an esteemed radio journalist, speaker, podcaster, news junky, and the driving force behind DaviesContent.
“I’ve always been captivated by listening to information, listening to music, listening to the radio for news,” says Richard. His fascination runs deep. Richard recorded his first newscast at the age of nine using his father’s briefcase-sized Sony tape recorder. He spent countless hours creating handwritten newspapers on A4 paper for his parents. Between the ages of 12 and 14 he delivered newspapers each afternoon. Those childhood experiences would foreshadow a nearly four-decade career as a national and international radio reporter and newscaster.
Born to a British mum and dad, Richard found himself uprooted at the age of 14 when his parents decided to move back to the U.K. from the U.S. The upheaval led to a change in his thinking. “I’ve always identified with outsiders and underdogs. I believe societies that accept people from outside the mainstream are stronger than those that don’t,” he explains.
Richard’s career began after he received a Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. He found his way back to the U.S. in 1984 to cover the presidential campaign. After a brief stint at CNN in New York, he joined ABC News as a field reporter, moving into the role of newscaster, business correspondent and show host during 29 years with the company.
Richard reported from four continents and 35 U.S. states.
He covered the 2008 Wall Street financial crash; the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany; 1984 - 2016 Presidential elections; OPEC oil conferences; the run-up to the First Gulf War (on assignment for six weeks in Jordan); the assassination of Anwar Sadat; and the collapse the Twin Towers in New York on 9/11.
His lifetime of experience has given Richard a strong belief in the power of words and the importance of truth.
“I’d like to make a difference. I know I’m one pebble in the ocean, but it’s my hope that one pebble can send out enough ripples to change other currents,” he says.
Richard hopes to make waves with DaviesContent, a cause-driven, quality-backed and expertly-managed audio production house.
To hear how Richard contributes personally to the news media climate, listen to his weekly podcast How Do We Fix It? which takes a positive, solutions-focused approach to current events. You can also read Richard's blog here.