Richard Belcher

Richard Belcher, WSB-TV Investigative Reporter & Anchor, joined Channel 2 Action News in February, 1990 with 18 years of broadcast experience.

Previously, Richard was a full-time Investigative Reporter and 6pm and 11pm Anchor with WAGA-TV for 15 years. Prior to that he worked at WXIA-TV and WGST Radio.

Richard graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA in Marketing. Richard is married to Sally Sears, a reporter at WSB-TV.  They have one child, Will, born in February 1991. Richard also has two daughters, Brooke and Robin.

Latest from Richard Belcher

Documents show EMC officials knew about special treatment for chairman

Thousands of people in two north Georgia counties are fuming about a scandal inside their local electric power co-op.   The bad feelings have built since Channel 2 Action News broke the story that the longtime chairman of the board had run up a nearly $50,000 unpaid power bill.   ...

State recommends disciplinary action against former APS principal

Channel 2 Action News has learned that state authorities are recommending disciplinary action against a former Atlanta high school principal accused of bullying teachers to change grades.   Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher learned Tuesday that Boris Hurst has decided to fight the state’s recommendation.   Atlanta Public Schools ...

APD dramatically reduces number of paid officers on leave

The Atlanta Police Department has accomplished something the rest of the city's government has struggled to do.   Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher learned that APD has dramatically reduced the number of employees who are getting paid but aren't working.   The improvements at the Police Department became apparent ...

Atlanta Public Schools stands behind threat to sue city over Beltline funds

There is no indication that the Atlanta school board is backing away from its threat to sue the city of Atlanta over millions of dollars in tax money related to the Atlanta Beltline. One school board member suggested the city has the money to settle the dispute right now.   Channel ...

State to announce final State Ethics Commission settlements

The state is ready to announce that it has settled the last three cases involving former employees of the State Ethics Commission. The new settlements with Sherilyn Streicher, Elizabeth Murray-Obertein and John Hair will total $1,877,500. The state earlier agreed to pay former Ethics Commission Director Stacey Kalberman and her ...

Georgia to stop drug testing food stamp recipients

State attorney General Sam Olens notified federal officials Friday that Georgia will not continue to pursue drug-testing of selected food stamp recipients. Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher said that apparently ends what could have become a very long bureaucratic and legal fight. Federal food stamp officials warned state legislators ...

2 Investigates: Atlanta city employees on lengthy paid leave

Channel 2’s Richard Belcher has been adding up the numbers and asking an important question about the people who get paid, but don’t work, making the cost of putting nearly two dozen Atlanta city employees on leave nearing $400,000. The question is, “Why doesn’t the city just fire them?" The ...

Documents show city paying hundreds of thousands for workers on leave

Channel 2 Action News has learned the city of Atlanta has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on employees who are drawing pay but sitting home while they're under investigation for suspected misconduct.   Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher found 10 city employees have been on paid leave for ...

Georgia Tech professor resigns after bilking students

A Channel 2 Action News investigation has learned that a Georgia Tech professor has agreed to repay nearly $50,000 that he improperly took from his own students and a private company.   Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher learned that in exchange, Tech allowed the professor to resign rather than ...

Whistleblower: State ordering mandatory overtime for DFCS workers

Channel 2 Action News has learned the state is ordering mandatory overtime and suspending vacations for hundreds of state workers in the state Division of Family and Children Services.   Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher found out the reason is a huge backlog in food stamp and welfare cases ...

 
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