Richard Ransom

Anchor, News Channel 3 at 5, 6 & 10

Richard Ransom anchors News Channel 3 weekdays at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm with Claudia Barr. He started with the station in 2004.

Richard thinks it's important not to get stuck behind the anchor desk. That's why he looks forward to his weekly "Pass It On" segment. Every Tuesday on News Channel 3 at 10 he takes $300 from the petty cash drawer and finds someone to be his "Playmaker." That Playmaker then has an hour to 'pay it forward' or ("Pass It On") and surprise someone with the money as a gesture of goodwill. "It truly has shown what a generous community we live in," Ransom says. "The kindness people show every week crosses lines of race and class all the time. It can be pretty emotional." Now, stations all over the country have started doing the same thing.

On Sunday nights, Ransom also hosts "Informed Sources," a program which examines the week's headlines more in-depth and brings-in the expertise of other local journalists and newsmakers.

Richard started his interest in journalism in the 6th grade and even published a neighborhood newspaper. Growing up in the Denver area and watching local TV news, he followed his passion to the University of Missouri-Columbia.

As a student, Richard studied in London and interned for ABC News. He has held TV jobs in Peoria, IL and Jacksonville, FL before coming to Memphis in 1994 as a reporter and anchor at WMC-TV. He left the Mid-South in 2001 to become the main anchor for Milwaukee's Fox affiliate.

"However, when News Channel 3 called and asked me to come back to the Mid-South, we didn't even hesitate. We're glad to be back in a warmer climate with warmer people."

Richard is the winner of numerous Regional Emmy and Associated Press awards for Breaking News, Best Feature and Best Newscast. During his career he has covered the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, the Memphis Tigers at the Final Four in San Antonio, the funeral of former president Ronald Reagan, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in Houston as well as national political conventions and hurricanes. In December of 2011, Richard was one of 4 news anchors nationally invited to the White House for a one-on-one interview with President Obama. "What I love about reporting is the access it gives me to history, and the chance it gives me to share that history with the folks at home."

Richard always appreciates getting feedback from viewers. "I feel honored and awed with the trust people show us by letting us into their homes every night. We take that responsibility seriously."

The Ransoms have two children.

Recent Articles

  • Love Thy Neighbor: Parents Of Ill Baby Receive A Welcome Surprise

    Posted on: 9:06 pm, April 15, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:35pm, April 15, 2014

    "He's a tough little boy, but he's had a rough go of it."
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  • Open Carry Law And Rape Kit Money Are Out, School Vouchers Are In

    Posted on: 3:42 pm, April 11, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:03pm, April 13, 2014

    The Informed Sources recap a busy week in Nashville as the session winds down.
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  • What’s Cooking At The Riverfront Development Corporation?

    Posted on: 3:40 pm, April 11, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:00pm, April 13, 2014

    After failing to find a private developer willing to put a restaurant in its Beale Street Landing project, the RDC decides to go into the restaurant business.
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  • Scandals Brewing Around Local, State Politicians

    Posted on: 3:40 pm, April 11, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:00pm, April 13, 2014

    The Informed Sources team discuss accusations a former city director mismanaged funds, as well as the governor and a senator being subpoenaed.
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  • Marsha Blackburn Testing The Water For A 2016 Presidential Run

    Posted on: 9:38 pm, April 10, 2014, by , updated on: 10:08pm, April 10, 2014

    An aide for Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn confirmed Thursday the representative is considering a run for president of the United States in 2016.
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    Marsha Blackburn
  • Co-Workers Pass It On To Woman Who Smiles Despite Tough Times

    Posted on: 10:31 pm, April 8, 2014, by and , updated on: 02:06pm, April 9, 2014

    "To see her come to work every day with a smile on her face...it's just a joy to see her every day."
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  • Report: Prince William, Prince Harry & Duchess Of Cambridge Will Attend Wedding In Memphis

    Posted on: 9:37 pm, April 8, 2014, by and

    The granddaughter of the Holiday Inn founder will marry a close friend of the princes next month, The London Sunday Times reports
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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make their first public appearance after the birth of their son. Prince William and Catherine introduced their royal baby boy to the world Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
  • Is Bill Haslam Still The Teflon Governor?

    Posted on: 2:03 pm, April 6, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:36pm, April 6, 2014

    Do either of two recent actions threaten Governor Bill Haslam's 'Teflon coating?'
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  • One Law Could Change 60 Years Of Annexation Laws

    Posted on: 12:02 pm, April 6, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:36pm, April 6, 2014

    Cities are feeling pressure on two controversial fronts from state lawmakers in Nashville.
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  • Some Surprising Primary Election Challenges

    Posted on: 10:05 am, April 6, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:36pm, April 6, 2014

    We ask the Informed Sources what they make of the incumbent challengers.
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  • Coworkers Pass It On To New Father Whose Baby Requires Extensive Medical Care

    Posted on: 10:33 pm, April 1, 2014, by and , updated on: 09:13am, April 2, 2014

    Little Ginny Rose hasn't been in this world very long, but she's had a rough start. Her parents are just starting out, and the bills are mounting.
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  • Population Growth Stagnant In And Around Memphis

    Posted on: 2:02 pm, March 30, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:17am, March 30, 2014

    Is there anything we could be doing that we're not doing?
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