- For similar names see the disambiguation page Stephen Richards (disambiguation)
Richards was educated at Christ's College, formerly a state grammar school, in Finchley, North London, and graduated in History at the University of York in 1981 before securing a place on a journalism course at the London College of Printing.
He worked in local radio and regional TV in Newcastle before becoming a BBC political correspondent in 1990. In 1996 he became Political Editor for the New Statesman while continuing to present on radio and TV. In 2000 he became a political columnist at The Independent and Independent on Sunday.
Richards presented GMTV's The Sunday Programme, BBC Two's Despatch Box, BBC Radio 4's Week in Westminster and chairs a light-hearted quiz show on Radio 4, Parliamentary Questions. He is also a regular contributor to BBC News 24's Head 2 Head weekly debate programme. In addition, he also writes occasionally for the Evening Standard, has written and presented several films on Channel 4 and has presented Radio 4's What The Papers Say.
In 2012, The Daily Telegraph ranked Richards as the 34th most influential person of the British left, reporting that his journalism has the attention of the leaders of the UK's top three political parties.
Richards lives in North London with his partner and two children.
- Steve Richards The Independent
- "The University of York - Development and Alumni Relations". The University of York. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
- "Top 100 most influential figures from the Left 2012". The Daily Telegraph. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
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