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Richard Austin Quest|
9 March 1962
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Airedale and Wharfedale College|
University of Leeds
Quest Means Business
He anchors Quest Means Business. In addition to anchoring the five-times-weekly business programme, Quest hosts the monthly programme CNN Business Traveller 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 and education
He was educated at the state comprehensive Roundhay School in Leeds, followed by Airedale and Wharfedale College and the University of Leeds, where he studied law, taking his degree in 1983 (Law LLB Hons.), and was called to the Bar. He had already gained broadcasting experience when he spent the 1983–84 academic year in the United States at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. As news director for campus radio station WRVU, he built the reporting staff from scratch.
Quest became a trainee journalist at the BBC in 1985, joining its financial section in 1987, and moving to New York City in 1989 to become the BBC's North American business correspondent.
Quest later worked for the BBC from the United States as part of its then-fledgling BBC News 24 channel. He was the business correspondent reporting on, and discussing the world stock market in a regular segment entitled World Business Report usually aired between 2:00am and 3:00am (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.
Quest is also an Aviation Correspondent for CNN, and extensively covered the story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Quest later wrote the book, The Vanishing of Flight MH370: The True Story of the Hunt for the Missing Malaysian Plane, published by Penguin Random House on 8 March 2016.
In 2008, Quest was arrested in New York City's Central Park with drugs in his pocket. Quest admitted being in possession of crystal methamphetamine, a controlled substance. A judge ordered him to undergo six months of drug counseling.
On 26 June 2014, Quest described his past experience as a closeted gay man on his CNN television programme Quest Means Business.
- Staff (n.d.). "Anchors & Reporters: Richard Quest". CNN. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Gibson, Owen; Rattansi, Afshin (12 November 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". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
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.
- Quest, Richard (8 March 2016). "MH370: Did the pilots do it?". CNN. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
- "The Vanishing of Flight MH370". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
- Hartocollis, Anemona (19 April 2008). "CNN Reporter Faces Drug Charge". City Room (blog of The New York Times). Retrieved 19 April 2008.
- Staff (19 April 2008). Not only did Quest have drugs, he also had a "rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals, and a sex toy in his boot. "CNN's Richard Quest Arrested for Drugs in New York". Reuters. 24 July 2014.
- Ariens, Chris (27 June 2014). "Richard Quest Comes Out: 'The Work I Do Here is Better Because I'm Honest About Who I Am'". mediabistro.com. Retrieved 24 July 2014.