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Richard Schlesinger is an American television news reporter and correspondent for the CBS crime documentary show 48 Hours.

Richard Schlesinger
Alma materUniversity of Missouri
OccupationNews anchor, reporter, correspondent of 48 Hours
Notable credit(s)
Emmy Award,
Sigma Delta Chi Award,
Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award

Early life and educationEdit

Schlesinger was born in New York and graduated from The University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in Journalism in 1976.[1]


After graduation in 1976, Schlesinger joined Miami-based WPLG-TV as a political reporter, where he won Sigma Delta Chi Award. In 1980, he was hired as Washington bureau chief for the Post-Newsweek Television Stations and worked there until 1984, when he joined CBS News. At CBS, Schlesinger was based in Miami and covered stories throughout the southeastern United States and South America. In 1987-1990, he was a correspondent at CBS News Northeast bureau, also working as an investigative reporter for the CBS Evening News and as a substitute anchor for morning news and weekend editions of the news.[1]

From 1990 through 1997, he was a full-time correspondent for 48 Hours. His reports included cases of innocent Americans behind bars, marriage and divorce in 1990's and recession of the middle class. Schlesinger reported for a two-hours CBS documentary CBS Reports: "Enter the Jury Room", for which he won Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award. The documentary examined the jury system in US and was given access to the actual jury deliberations for the first time in television industry.[2]

He has received 10 Emmy Awards throughout his career.[3] Apart from his reports to 48 Hours, Schlesinger also contributes to CBS News Sunday Morning.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "CBS News. Richard Schlesinger. Correspondent, 48 Hours Mystery". Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  2. ^ "Richard Schlesinger. Correspondent, "48 Hours," "CBS Evening News"". Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  3. ^ "RICHARD SCHLESINGER and Erin Moriarty" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-06-09.