Richard Essex

  • Lexington Kentucky
  • 317-965-1161
Richard  Essex

Investigative Reporter 


My 15 years of professionalism and dedication have been rewarded with multiple awards for journalistic excellence. Using simple but clever cliche-free copy has increased page views and viewers. Daily I work with editors, producers, photographers, promotions, graphic artist and legal counsel for deadline driven broadcast content.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2013 - Present

Investigative Reporter 

WLEX Lexington, Kentucky 

Develop all editorial content for the investigative unit, independent research through data analysis, dig through public records, develop contacts within public and private industry, write, research and submit all scripts for broadcast 

Feb 2004 - Aug 2013


WTHR, Indianapolis, indiana

Research, write and produce daily content for all platforms, produce long form investigative content for rating periods, network and develop sources

Feb 2001 - Oct 2003

Consumer - Investigative Reporter 

WTVQ Lexington Kentucky 

Produced daily franchise consumer segment, wrote produce, researched enterprise stories for ratings periods

2000 - 2000

Deputy Press Secretary 

McIntosh for Governor indianapolis indiana

Advised and prepared both candidates for broadcast appearances, implimented the earned media campaign, opposition research.


1983 - 1987


Indiana University Bloomington, Indianapolis Indiana

English Literature -

1978 - 1982

College Prep 

Zionsville Community High School 

College Prep 




 Microsoft Office, Mac OS X, Edgar, Lexis Nexis, Excel, PACER,ArcGis Freedom of Information Act, Social media, editing on multiple video formats, Research