Richard Mooney is a journalist and web producer from Glasgow, Scotland. He obtained a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from the University of the West of Scotland (previously Bell College of Technology). Upon graduating in 2007, Mooney worked as a multimedia content producer for Trinity Mirror’s local Scottish newspapers until 2008, when he became a digital journalist, and later a multimedia journalist for the company.
On April 14 2009, he was the first journalist to interview Susan Boyle on camera. During the course of the interview Mooney poses to Boyle, “How did your cat take the news?” to which she laughs and replies, “Oh you know, the usual cat way.” The video, produced for the West Lothian Courier, had over five million views as of November, 2010. It was honored as one of YouTube’s Most Memorable Videos of 2009.
Other productions by Mooney include the Historic Lanarkshire web series, which produced documentaries on the Ravenscraig steel mill, New Lanark, Summerlee Heritage Museum, and David Livingstone. Mooney was also the last person to interview boxer and radio DJ Freddie Mack on camera before he died in early 2009. He has also freelanced for various websites and produced a wide variety of news, lifestyle, sports and documentary videos.
Mooney left the employ of Trinity Mirror in September 2010. He currently resides in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he is a content producer for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.