Richard Davis is CNN's executive vice president of News Standards and Practices. In this capacity, Davis works to ensure that CNN Worldwide's on-air reports and programs are fair, accurate and responsible. He was named to this position in July 1998. He is based in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta.
Davis previously served for eight years as CNN's vice president and senior executive producer for Washington Public Affairs Programs. He oversaw 20 on-air hosts and panelists and was responsible for CNN's Crossfire, Late Edition, The Capital Gang, Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields, Both Sides with Jesse Jackson and Reliable Sources.
As one of the CNN's original team members at the 1980 launch, Davis' career at CNN began when he produced the second hour of CNN's inaugural broadcast day. Davis has played an instrumental role in the launch of many of CNN's premier programs, including the 1980 debut of Sports Tonight, Inside Politics in 1987, Reliable Sources in 1991 and Late Edition in 1993.
From 1980-1987, Davis was executive producer of CNN Sports, where he had on-air responsibility for all CNN sports news programs. Davis was the first senior producer for CNN's Inside Politics in 1987, and in 1988, he moved to Washington. D.C., to become Crossfire's senior producer. In 1991, Davis was appointed vice president and executive producer of CNN's weekend Washington public affairs programs.
During Davis' tenure at CNN, his responsibilities have ranged from covering seven political conventions to managing CNN's on-site news coverage of six Super Bowls and six World Series. Davis produced a rare, exclusive interview with Libya's Mu'ammar Gadhafi in Tripoli and coordinated CNN's news coverage of the inaugural Goodwill Games in Moscow in 1986. In Washington, he produced interviews with U.S. presidents George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton as well as prime ministers, cabinet secretaries and congressional leaders along with other key newsmakers. Davis also is a winner of three CableACE awards. Before joining the network, Davis was an assignment editor at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.
Davis holds a master's degree in television production from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree in political science from The American University in Washington, D.C.