Richard Moore is a senior investigative reporter for, and former editor of, The Lakeland Times in Minocqua, Wisconsin. His responsibilities include investigative reporting, producing issues white papers, writing op-ed columns, and overseeing the op-ed page.
He has produced legal digests for use in the newspaper’s open-records lawsuits, two of which have produced landmark victories for open-records issues in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Richard won the 2017 and 2018 Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s first-place award for Freedom of Information Act reporting, and he won the 2018 Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s first-place award for interpretive/enterprise reporting.
For several years Richard hosted The American Investigator podcast in conjunction with The Lakeland Times, a political commentary podcast featuring interviews with such figures as Gov. Scott Walker and Heartland Institute climate advisor H. Sterling Burnett, as well as with international nonpolitical figures such as iconic Irish artist Nicholas Mosse.
Richard’s writing and essays have appeared in more than two dozen national and regional publications, including The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Charleston Magazine, St. Petersburg Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and many more. He is the author of Journeys of Lightheartedness, January Thaw, The Clarity of Clay, The New Bossism of the American Left, How the DNR Stole Wisconsin, and the forthcoming books, Teaching in the Time of Autism and Local Control, Out of Control.
In 2015 Richard’s Journeys of Lightheartedness was named a Kirkus Reviews recommended book.
Richard’s writing has appeared in college texts (Social Problems, edited by Stanley Eitzen, Allyn & Bacon, Inc.), and he is a contributing author to The Reform of State Legislatures (University Press of America), which The Wall Street Journal called “powerful evidence for those who wish to return to the citizen legislatures envisioned by the Founding Fathers.”
Richard has successfully managed newsroom and creative staff, news and fiscal budgets, and edited and managed online and print newspapers, with more than 25 years of newsroom leadership as editor and senior investigative reporter. Prior to The Lakeland Times, Richard served as editor of The Reedsburg Times-Press and the Merrill Foto News. As editor of Merrill Foto News, he oversaw a redesigned look and reoriented news content, leading the newspaper to win “Most Improved Newspaper” national award in 2002.
Richard maintains a strong social media following of more than 24,000 Twitter followers.
Prior to his journalism career in Wisconsin, Richard worked in a multitude of political campaigns, such as Henry McMaster for Lt. Governor in South Carolina, and he organized thousands of young voters across the South, overseeing a 10-state operation, where he developed a diverse set of grassroots organizingskills, including speechmaking and speechwriting.
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