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(c. 1941-December 22, 2000) Born in Birmingham, Alabama. Family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. Served in U.S. Army. Joined staff of Los Angeles Times in 1964, working as classified advertising salesman. In August 1965, hearing of violence in Watts, volunteered services as reporter (was the paper's only African-American employee covering the riots). Shared 1966 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. Hired as reporter trainee, was dismissed a year later in wake of misdemeanor charge, subsequently dropped. Later worked for Los Angeles radio and television stations; suffered from alcoholism but gave up drinking eight years before his death. Heat Wave, a movie based on his experiences during the Watts riot, aired on Turner Network cable television in 1990. Died in West Los Angeles.

Also see an article on Robert Richardson presented by the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.