An award-winning broadcast news journalist who travels the world telling stories.
He began his journalism career in 1988 at ABC News while still attending college. He joined CBS News in October 1991, covering all elections and contributing to nearly all breaking news military coverage.
He helped launch the weeknight edition of 60 Minutes in 1998. He worked with the late Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, and Morley Safer, as well as Steve Kroft, Charlie Rose, and Scott Pelley. (Emmy recognition for contributions to Sept. 11, 2001 reporting).
He was a producer at 48 Hours before heading up the CBS News military analyst’s desk in January 2003 in preparation of the war in Iraq.
In 2004, he became News Director at RNN TV, America’s largest independent cable station. He launched several programs, including Richard French Live (recipient of a 2006 regional Emmy).
He helped launch CNBC’s news magazine, Business Nation, in 2006, and produced several business-related documentaries.
In 2007, he helped launch ESPN’s news magazine, E:60. His work also appeared on ABC News Nightline, and SportsCenter. (2010 New York Festivals World Medal for Best Sports Journalism).
In 2012, he produced several long form projects for Dan Rather Reports (Emmy nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a News Magazine) before returning to CBS News.
He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Coverage of Breaking News Story in a News Magazine, and an Alfred I. duPont Award for his role in the CBS News coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.
In 2016, he received an Emmy nomination for his role in the 48 Hours CBS News Special: Paris Under Attack.
He has taught college journalism courses, is a frequent guest lecturer on the topics of press freedoms and ethics, and was a featured speaker at the VII Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan.
He received a B.A. in political science and journalism from Rutgers University, and a M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University.