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Richard Graves

  • Sports Reporter / Presenter / Commentator / Journalist
  • York, UK
  • 13/07/2021
Contractor Media-Journalism

Personal Summary

A globally minded, experienced, creative and agile sports reporter with a successful track record of developing effective regional, national and international contacts to deliver high quality sports news and journalism.

Sustained by a lifelong passion across the broadest range of sports, I believe sports journalism should be a source of inspiration. Professionally my aim is to convey the passion, excitement and magnitude of live events - connecting with our audience, enriching their experience with passionate and entertaining coverage and insight.

KEY SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS
• On-air reporting
• Editorial judgement
• High quality, professional journalism
• Multi-media content creation
• Contact and relationship management
• Adaptive communication skills
• Problem solving
• Collaborative working
• Working on location both in UK and internationally
• Positivity, tenacity and drive
• Inclusive and respectful
• Versatile and quick to learn

Short showreel available here.

Work Experience

Sports Reporter - North of England
Aug 2004 - Jul 2021 Sky Sports News

Sports news reporter working across a wide range of sports including football, cricket, rugby union, rugby league and golf. Additionally, working for Sky Sports, covering the NFL, both in the UK and the USA - including on location Super Bowl coverage since 2014. Key responsibilities include:
• Taking part in daily content meetings, pitching ideas for stories and discussing how to best develop stories on air
• Working with colleagues across departments and regions to effectively newsgather and get stories to air
• Working to deadlines, particularly when travelling across regions or internationally to cover live events as they happen and gain on the ground interviews
• Live, in front of camera analysis and reaction to breaking stories
• Providing pieces to camera and written content for online and digital platforms
• Evaluating and following up on potential newslines and interviews to develop stories
• Utilizing emerging technologies and software such as vMix in order to broadcast remotely during the pandemic.

Sports Journalist
Sep 2003 - Aug 2004 Self Employed

Freeland journalist covering a broad range of sport across the region for a variety of media outlets primarily Sky Sports News.

Sports Reporter
Aug 1996 - Feb 2002 Self Employed

Freelance reporter covering a wide range of sports for a variety of media outlets including Radio Aire, Talksport, RTE and IRN.

Sports Journalist
Feb 2002 - Sep 2003 Real Radio, Leeds

Covering a wide range of sports across Yorkshire, Leeds United correspondent and commentator for Sheffield United's play-off final in 2003.

Education

A-levels - English, Politics and Economics
- Jul 1996 Wood House Grove School