Aric Richards is an Emmy-winning anchor on the FOX 5 Morning News. Aric came to FOX 5 as a multi-media journalist in 2015, writing, shooting and editing his own stories for the evening newscasts. But in the winter of that year, he went from reporting at 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., with the help of a photographer filming and editing his stories. He delivered live reports across San Diego County starting at 4:30 a.m.
Aric has covered some of the biggest breaking news in our region, in fact, nation — such as the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017, the deadliest in U.S. history. He’s also covered presidential visits and been on the front lines of major wildfires in California, along with numerous trips to the U.S.-Mexico border reporting on the immigration crisis.
Before Aric’s move to America’s Finest City, he was a reporter at the NBC station in Bakersfield, his hometown. This is the same station where he started his internship right after high school. Not long after, he was producing two evening newscasts for Kern County, before making the transition to reporter a couple years later.
Aric often says he “got a career before a degree,” since he dropped out of college to tackle the news industry and a full-time shift in the newsroom. It was a rare opportunity and hard decision, but one that eventually brought him many accolades.
Aric is also a proud board member of the Asian American Journalists Association. In his free time, he enjoys hiking in La Jolla and traveling to different countries. Many times he’ll travel alone so he’ll get a better taste for the culture and way of life.