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

  • Pass It On: Love, Per Definition

    Posted on: 10:29 pm, February 25, 2014, by and

    "You give love where love is given. This is love, per definition."
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  • Informed Sources: Filing Deadline

    Posted on: 2:03 pm, February 23, 2014, by and , updated on: 03:24pm, February 23, 2014

    We now know how the races are shaping up for the county-wide elections in August.
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  • Informed Sources: School Saga

    Posted on: 12:02 pm, February 23, 2014, by and , updated on: 03:23pm, February 23, 2014

    The rubber hits the road this week as thousands of moms and dads learn their kids may have to change schools next fall.
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  • Informed Sources: Capital Improvements

    Posted on: 10:04 am, February 23, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:03am, February 23, 2014

    Plans from the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, plus a look at Bass Pro's progress with the Pyramid
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  • Pass It On: A Special Bond

    Posted on: 10:35 pm, February 18, 2014, by and

    We're passing it on in Millington, where an Army wife wants to help out a former Marine.
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  • Informed Sources: Haslam/Obama Bromance?

    Posted on: 1:57 pm, February 16, 2014, by and , updated on: 04:02pm, February 14, 2014

    (WREG-TV) OK, bromance is a slight exaggeration, but Tennessee’s governor is getting some attention in GOP circles for attending the...
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  • Informed Sources: Controversial Bills

    Posted on: 12:05 pm, February 16, 2014, by and , updated on: 04:01pm, February 14, 2014

    (WREG-TV) Tennessee is once again making national headlines for two controversial bills. One would take away the rights of cities...
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  • Informed Sources: Kellogg’s Lockout

    Posted on: 10:07 am, February 16, 2014, by and , updated on: 04:01pm, February 14, 2014

    (Memphis) The Kellogg’s lockout is shifting into a higher gear. Two city council members and a county commissioner say they’re...
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  • Pass It On: Friends For Life

    Posted on: 10:33 pm, February 11, 2014, by and , updated on: 01:23pm, February 12, 2014

    A man wants to help his childhood friend and Olive Branch firefighter, whose son needs medical treatments in Florida
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  • Informed Sources: Going To Pot

    Posted on: 2:04 pm, February 9, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:50am, February 9, 2014

    (WREG-TV) Congressman Steve Cohen and State Senator Ophelia Ford made news this week for their favorable views of legalizing, or...
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  • Informed Sources: State Of The State

    Posted on: 12:04 pm, February 9, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:06pm, February 7, 2014

    (WREG-TV) In his state of the state address, Governor Bill Haslam proposed that Tennessee provide free tuition to attend community...
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  • Informed Sources: Hats In The Ring

    Posted on: 10:04 am, February 9, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:30pm, February 7, 2014

    (Shelby County) Several names surfaced this week as candidates or likely candidates for some county wide offices. The democratic primary...
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