Richard Roth (journalist)

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Richard Roth
Richard Roth

1955 (age 63–64)
Notable credit(s)
Gulf War One, revolution in Prague, Romania, Berlin Wall fall, Tiananmen Square Massacre, Achille Lauro hijacking, American political conventions, 9-11 at World Trade Center.

Richard Roth (born 1955) is an American journalist,[1] a CNN correspondent who covers the United Nations.[2][3] He is not to be confused with Richard Roth of CBS News. He was the host of Diplomatic License (until its cancellation in January 2006), a weekly program that was devoted to United Nations affairs. Roth is a CNN "original" — one of the first employees when the network launched in 1980. He has covered a wide range of stories over the last 25 years, from the 1989 Massacre in Tiananmen Square to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War.


Born to a Jewish family,[4] Roth graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism. Roth lived in Whitestone, Queens, in the early 1970s. Before CNN, he was an news anchor and reporter for AP Radio and a producer for WPIX-TV in New York City.

He is a devotee of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest; he is alleged to have revisited the various locations shown in the film, e.g., Mount Rushmore and Cary Grant's famous cornfield sequence.

In popular culture[edit]

Richard Roth appeared in Robert Wiener’s book Live from Baghdad. He appeared as a character in the 2002 HBO film of the same name where he was portrayed by actor Hamish Linklater.

The book as well as the film features Roth’s brief involvement with Wiener’s crew in Baghdad which was caused by sudden withdrawal of his fellow reporter colleague Tom Murphy on safety issues. Roth was stationed in Amman before joining Wiener and left the crew shortly before the Gulf War began, but within this time became part of an important coverage where the CNN team stepped into a messy US diplomatic mission in Baghdad and he interviewed a stranded US expatriate worker Robert Vinton. Roth’s interview of Vinton saw widespread coverage in the US and caused subsequent disappearance of Bob Vinton by the Iraqi authorities, though he was finally released and allowed to leave Iraq for home.


  1. ^ Benni Avni (22 December 2005). "Kofi Annan Lashes Out at the Press, Riles Iraq in Year-End Appearance". New York Sun. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  2. ^ Al Snow, Sr. (2002). Exceptional profile of courage : the United Nations vs. American liberty (1st ed.). Agreka. p. 172. ISBN 978-1-888106-64-0. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  3. ^ Soussan, C. Michael (2008). Backstabbing for beginners : a crash course in international diplomacy. New York: Nation. p. 35. ISBN 978-1-56858-397-6. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  4. ^ Wiener, Robert (December 1, 2002). Live From Baghdad: Making Journalism History Behind the Lines. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 82. ISBN 978-0312314651.

Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2006. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2006. [1] Document Number: H1000085213

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