Richard Rogers is the anchor for News 12 at 6 & 11 O'clock. He's been a member of the News 12 Team since October 1993, and has been in TV news since 1981.
Before coming to News 12, Richard worked as a news anchor at WTLV-TV in Jacksonville, Florida WWAY-TV in Wilmington, North Carolina and WTOC-TV and WSAV-TV in Savannah.
Richard has won a number of awards over the years. His report "A Tale of Two Cities" and his series of reports about the economic effects of the possible closing of Fort Gordon both received "Best Specialized Reporting" honors from the Georgia Associated Press. He has also won AP awards for "Best Newscast", "Best Feature" and "Best Series." Richard was voted "Best TV Personality" by readers of Columbia County Magazine.
Since coming to Augusta, Richard has anchored many live events for News 12, including The Masters, the Olympic Torch Run and the Children's Miracle Network Telethon. Richard has also reported dozens of live breaking news events, from hurricanes to the Atlanta Olympic games. His field anchoring from the scene of a plane crash in Augusta helped win News 12 a prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award.
One of his favorite assignments is to report live from the Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters. Richard has covered a wide range of stories there from Tiger Woods' first win to Arnold Palmer's final competitive round. He proudly admits his own 7-iron is still on the bottom of the famous pond on #16, having slipped out of his hand during a rainy round at Augusta National. As he puts it, "That club will spend many more nights at the National than I ever will."
Richard is a member of North Augusta's First Baptist Church, the Augusta Rotary Club and he's a volunteer for local schools and community organizations including United Way, The Alzheimer's Association and Special Olympics. He's also a drummer who's performed with News 12's in-house band "Breaking News", the Augusta Amusements Big Band and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. He has also worked as a narrator for the symphony.
Richard graduated with honors from Truett McConnel College in Cleveland, Georgia and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. He's the founding chairman of the Broadcast Advisory Board at GSU, and in 2005 he was named Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
He met his wife, Jill, when they were both working at WTOC-TV in Savannah. She's a former news anchor and weather forecaster and now a full-time mom to their two teenagers. When Richard isn't spending time with his family or playing his vintage Ludwig Vistalite drum-set, he likes to listen to music, play golf and hang out on the Georgia coast.
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