Richard Quest

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Richard Austin Quest
Richard Quest Habitat.jpg
Quest volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2007
Born Richard Austin Quest
(1962-03-09) 9 March 1962 (age 52)
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Education University of Leeds
Vanderbilt University
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) Business International and Quest Means Business.

Richard Austin Quest (born 9 March 1962) is an English journalist and a CNN International anchor and reporter based in New York. He anchors Quest Means Business. In addition to anchoring the five-times-weekly business program, Quest hosts the monthly program CNN Business Traveller[1] and "CNN Marketplace Europe". He formerly anchored the monthly show Quest and the daily show CNN Today which was geared towards morning audiences in Europe.

Early life[edit]

Quest is a native of Liverpool, England, having been born and partly raised there. He was educated at the state comprehensive Roundhay School in Leeds, followed by Airedale and Wharfedale College and University of Leeds, where he studied law, taking his degree in 1983 (Law LLB Hons.), and was called to the Bar.[1] He had already gained broadcasting experience when he spent the 1983–84 academic year at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. As news director for campus radio station WRVU, he built the reporting staff from scratch.

Journalism career[edit]

Quest interviews Stuckist artist Ella Guru at Spectrum London gallery, 2006
Quest and Lisa Neideffer of WRVU-FM broadcasting at Vanderbilt University, 1984

Quest then became a trainee journalist at the BBC in 1985, joining their financial section in 1987, and moving to New York City in 1989 to become their North America business correspondent.

Quest later worked for the BBC from the USA as part of their then fledgling BBC News 24 channel. He was their business correspondent reporting on, and discussing the world stock market in a regular segment entitled World Business Report usually aired between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. (GMT), a programme that he presented alongside Paddy O'Connell. He was also an occasional presenter on the BBC's early morning Business Breakfast programme.

Quest joined CNN in 2001 for the launch of Business International. Since this time Quest has covered a variety of different events for CNN, amongst others an analysis of the U.S. elections as American Quest and the start of the circulation of euro banknotes and coins on 1 January 2002 and the last official commercial flight of Concorde. He has also headed up CNN’s coverage of several events involving the British Royal Family.

In 2006 Quest turned down an opportunity to join Al Jazeera English's news channel, the English-language version of al-Jazeera, "on the grounds that being gay and Jewish might not be suitable."[2]

Personal life[edit]

Quest was arrested in 2008 by police at 3:40am in Central Park, New York City, and after questioning, admitted to be in possession of a controlled substance: crystal methamphetamine.[3] A judge ordered him to undergo six months of drug counseling.[4][5] Quest stated, "All I would say on the subject, besides the standard line that it was a highly regrettable incident, is that nothing is as it seems – and certainly not the way it was reported at the time."[6]


  1. ^ a b "Anchors & Reporters: Richard Quest". Cable News Network. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  2. ^ Owen Gibson; Afshin Rattansi (November 12, 2006). "Look east: After long delays and a rumoured editorial split with its Arabic parent, English-language news channel al-Jazeera will go on air this week. Owen Gibson and Afshin Rattansi report". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 August 2012. "But there were delays from the start. It was hard to recruit big-name presenters: Richard Quest of CNN said he turned down an offer on the grounds that being gay and Jewish might not be suitable." 
  3. ^ Anemona Hartocollis (19 April 2008). "CNN Reporter Faces Drug Charge". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "CNN reporter Richard Quest caught with sex toy in Central Park". Daily Record UK. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  5. ^ CNN's Richard Quest arrested for drugs in New York Reuters NEW YORK | Sat Apr 19, 2008
  6. ^ Frizzell, Nell (June 22, 2009). "Gay CNN presenter Richard Quest on his comeback after that embarrassing park incident". Pink News. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 

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