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

  • Steve Mulroy Wants To Be County Mayor But Did He Just Make A Misstep?

    Posted on: 12:03 pm, March 30, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:19am, March 30, 2014

    The county commissioner's plan to show he wants to reverse, or at least re-examine, a vote that stripped funding from Planned Parenthood fell flat on its face this week.
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  • Here Comes The Judge: Is Joe Brown Courting Trouble?

    Posted on: 10:05 am, March 30, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:16am, March 30, 2014

    Was it a political stunt, or was Brown really that angry over the case he claimed to be representing in juvenile court?
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  • He Gave To His Country, Now Others Are Giving To Him

    Posted on: 10:38 pm, March 25, 2014, by and

    A man who was once jumping out of helicopters to save lives could get around with his cane. Now he needs a wheelchair, and and the left side of his body is virtually paralyzed.
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  • Informed Sources: March Madness

    Posted on: 1:50 pm, March 23, 2014, by and , updated on: 04:05pm, March 21, 2014

    Nashville lawmakers are making waves on a number of fronts.
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  • Informed Sources: Mulroy’s Mess

    Posted on: 11:50 am, March 23, 2014, by and , updated on: 04:04pm, March 21, 2014

    Now that he's running to be the Democrats' nominee for Shelby County mayor, his fellow Democrats are taking him to task.
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  • Informed Sources: Budget Blues

    Posted on: 9:50 am, March 23, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:46am, March 23, 2014

    Is the city broke, or isn't it?
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  • Pass It On: Playmaker Helps Caretaker

    Posted on: 10:30 pm, March 18, 2014, by and

    This week, we meet a church caretaker who's down on his luck, but not on friends.
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  • Pass It On: Wedding Surprise

    Posted on: 10:29 pm, March 11, 2014, by and , updated on: 11:23am, March 12, 2014

    This week's playmaker's desire to help her BFF goes deeper than just helping with wedding expenses.
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  • Pass It On: Friends For Life

    Posted on: 10:30 pm, March 4, 2014, by and

    A woman passes it on to her friend, whose husband was severely burned at work.
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  • Informed Sources: DNC Memphis Bid

    Posted on: 2:01 pm, March 2, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:43pm, March 2, 2014

    Memphis was invited to make a bid for the Democratic National Convention.
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  • Informed Sources: School Saga

    Posted on: 12:04 pm, March 2, 2014, by and , updated on: 03:42pm, February 28, 2014

    SCS closures announced. Plus, could Lakeland double in size through annexation?
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  • Informed Sources: Police Clash

    Posted on: 10:03 am, March 2, 2014, by , updated on: 09:36pm, February 28, 2014

    Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong and union President Mike Williams aren't getting along.
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