Richard Banks

Richard Banks


Richard Banks has worked in print, digital, and broadcast media
throughout his career. He’s covered agriculture and climate (including a nine-part series on how Israel is attempting to mitigate its water
scarcity), race and politics, culture and adventure sports, even who has the best pies in the South (in one, three-day stretch, he sampled 17 pies, as well as some Pepto-Bismol).

Banks earned his journalistic chops at his high school and college radio
stations. He later became the editor of his hometown magazine, Memphis.

Then, in 2000, he and his family moved to Birmingham to work for
Southern Progress and its parent company Time Inc., where he was the
first online editor at Southern Living and helped develop the magazine’s early forays into video.

Now, at WBHM, Banks is thrilled to be back in front of a mic and working
with an absolutely top-notch team, dedicated to fact-based coverage of
the news and service to a community he loves ... just as long as he’s not
asked to do stories about pie.

Acclinate Races Against The Clock To Increase Diversity In Clinical Drug Trials

A lack of racial diversity in clinical trials can make new drugs and treatments less effective for people of color. According to one recent study, 78% of trial participants were white. Acclinate, a new Birmingham-based company, is trying to correct that imbalance by connecting underserved populations with researchers.

A Remembrance of John Floyd, Former Southern Living Editor-in-Chief

The former editor of Southern Living died this week from cancer.