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Dean Richards is an American Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter and critic, currently, he works for WGN-TV. He joined this channel in 1991 as a staff announcer. He appeared as a guest reviewer and was brought on board as a regular contributor in 1998. Dean was born in Chicago, IL.
Dean Richards Age
He was born on March 31, 1954, in Chicago, IL. He is hence 66 years old.
Dean Richards Height and Weight
This reporter and critic stands at a moderate height and weight, his height is about 1.65m.
Dean Richards Wife
He is married to Gilda Radner a former comedian and actress. It is not clear if the couple has children or not.
Dean Richards Children
Richards and his wife Gilda Radner have not publicly announced their children, so it is not clear if they have kids or not. We will update this part as soon as we confirm.
Dean Richards Education
Although he now lives on Chicago’s northwest side, he is a native of Chicago’s South Shore and West Beverly neighborhoods, he went to Columbia College Chicago.
Dean Richards Career
Richards is WGN-TV’s Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter whos work is visible and heard on WGN,cable channel News Nation and a number of the 2 hundred Nexstar Media Group properties. He was cited as the company’s “Man of Many Hats” in a New York Times front-web page article.
He joined WGN-TV team in 1991. In 1998, he seemed as a visitor reviewer and was brought onboard as a regular contributor soon after. His interviews with national and nearby celebrities, reports on showbiz and opinions of the latest films are seen on WGN’s newscasts, including the #1 rated “WGN Morning News”, the “WGN Midday News,” and also on Nexstar Media Group stations nationwide. His opinions and interviews are also seen on the national cable channel “News Nation.”
Richards has additionally hosted and co-produced specials such as the award-winning “Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics,” the Oscar preview special “The Envelope Please,” “Unforgettable: Living with Alzheimer’s,” “Stories of Hope: Facing Breast Cancer,” “Chicago’s Summer Blast,” “Bozo’s Circus: The 1960s,” and “Family Classics.”
On WGN Radio (720 AM), “Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning” covers Chicago’s lifestyle scene and entertainment including films, theater, food, and dining, Sundays from 9 am-1 pm. His entertainment opinions and reviews can as well be heard on “The Bob Sirott Morning Show” weekdays between 8:10-8:30 am. Since joining WGN Radio in 1994, Richards has received over 30 local and national awards for programming and production, including the Associated Press Best Feature of the Year, the Peter Lisagor Award for Outstanding Journalism, the Illinois Broadcasters Association, Promax International Promotion and Marketing Awards, and UPI, Chicago A.I.R. Awards.
In 2016, he was inducted into the WGN Radio Walk of Fame, which pays tribute to the station’s legendary talent.
On and off the air, Richards has lent support to many organizations including Howard Brown Health Center, Open Hand Chicago, Horizons Community Services (now Center on Halsted), and was awarded a citation by Stop AIDS Chicago for his contributions to the fight against AIDS. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago additionally recognized him in their annual “Faces of AIDS” publication for bringing HIV/AIDS issues to mainstream media and, in 2006, mentioned him with a unique commendation for his work in the field.
Richards who is a Chicago native worked his way through a string of suburban Chicago radio stations after finishing his Broadcast Communications/Marketing degree at Columbia College. A veteran of Chicago’s broadcasting scene since 1975, Richards has worked at WNUA, WIND, WCFL, WCLR, WFYR, WFLD and WPWR.
Additionally, Richards hosted a nationally syndicated morning radio program for the ABC Radio Network, while as well acting as its Operations Manager.
Dean Richards Salary
His salary is about $70,000- $100,000 annually.
Dean Richards Net Worth
From his job as a reporter, he has managed to accumulate much, his estimated net worth is $2.1million.