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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
  • A fresh start for a family thanks to a good friend

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — We start this Pass It On at the Regional Medical Center. As playmakers go, Kizzy Bbradley is kind of nervous, but she’s willing to overlook that to help her co-worker of almost 13 years, Kelita Gibbs. Kelita’s Whitehaven home may not look so bad at first glance, but with a closer look you can see why smoke and flames from an electrical fire has made it unlivable. Her husband was at work and she was on her […]

  • Campaign ads heating up

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Congressman Steve Cohen is taking some heat for a couple of his commercials. Senator Lamar Alexander responded to the tea party with his own tough ad. And the state senate race involving Ophelia Ford and Lee Harris is getting a little interesting as well. Hear what the Informed Sources had to say about it all.

  • What could cure the Blue Flu?

    What would a compromise look like? Is the city council's appeal for the public to offer solutions at committee hearings genuine? Is a tax increase inevitable?

  • City workers sick over changes to health care benefits

    A bad case of the Blue Flu takes a quarter of all police officers off the streets as they protest a 24 percent increase in health care premiums for all city workers.

  • Why this man says running a small neighborhood store made him rich, not wealthy

    For this week's Pass It On, an entire family of playmakers wanted to help a man who gave them many happy memories.

  • How are political ads faring so far?

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ads for Congressman Steve Cohen and two candidates vying for Senator Lamar Alexander’s job hit the air this week. The Informed Sources weighed in on how they think these three candidates are succeeding , or not succeeding, in making their pitch to voters.

  • County leaders and candidates deal with drama

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A judge agreed to hear the case that booted County Commissioner Henri Brooks for lying about where she lives. Now similar questions are being raised about another commissioner, leading the county mayor to say enough with all the drama. Of course, that doesn’t include how the democrats’ candidate for district attorney raised questions about his legitimacy because of questions he raised about his opponent’s sexuality.

  • Memphis budget battle continues

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — City workers and retirees are still fighting mad over the council’s decision to cut health benefits, even though the council passed a $2 million ‘safety net’ to help ease the pain. In fact, workers’ unions this week started targeting the city’s tax break program for businesses. Meantime, on the pension debate, the council does what all good politicians do with a hot button issue…and delayed taking up that matter again until October.

  • Woman offers a helping hand to couple after accident changes their lives

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The VA hospital system has its share of critics, especially these days. But in this week’s Pass It On, with red, white and blue flying everywhere, you’ll be glad to hear a story about a family thankful for the many doctors and nurses who’ve helped them through a terrible time. And it’s a story that will make you proud to be a Mid-Southerner too, because our playmaker has a heart of gold. Jeanne Regenold never dreamed she’d […]

  • Passing it on to help a co-worker in need

    A co-worker who has a lot on her plate was surprised with $300 from WREG and 300 more from an anonymous donor in Collierville.

  • Reverend helps church member who can’t afford loved one’s funeral

    He said helping her with our Pass It On gift "does a lot more than me running my mouth on a Sunday morning."

  • Why did it take two fires to begin trolley safety overhaul?

    We learned this week it will cost taxpayers either $6 million or as much as $40 million to bring the city's popular trolley line back online.


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