Thursday 12 July 2012

Richard Engel

Born in New York City in 1973, Richard has a BA from Stanford University. He was hired by NBC in May 2003; before that he lived in Egypt (to learn Arabic) and Israel, doing freelance journalism. Engel has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Libyan civil war and the revolution in Egypt. Richard has won several awards, including an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Peabody.

Given that Richard is a still-living, foreign-wars news correspondent, there isn’t a ton of info on him circulating around the internet. He’s not quite at Tom Brokaw’s level yet. Speaking of Brokaw, though, I’d be psyched if Engel succeeded Brian Williams as Nightly News anchor – I would love to get my daily news from a Dick. However, I’m thinking Engel is more into foreign affairs.

On a personal note, according to an article about Richard from the Stanford Alumni Magazine, the correspondent’s personal life has suffered because of his devotion to his work. He and his wife, another Stanford alum, divorced in 2005, and he has lost contact with many of his friends. I suppose he can console  himself with his awards and keep a lookout for new ladies, who are attracted to his “baby-faced and clean-shaven” look.*

NBC Universal Excutives
The "baby face" of news

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