Richard Hall
Newsroom Developer
Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.

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  • WATCH: Anchor drops the smackdown after viewers complained about tornado coverage

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    We here in Oklahoma are all-too familiar with severe weather, and I can’t think of a single person who ever gets upset that news stations cut into scheduled programming so they can give us weather updates. Apparently some folks in South Dakota aren’t as appreciative as us, because a local news station there was “berated” with calls from viewers angry that tornado coverage broke into their favorite television show(s).

  • WATCH: Cat saves boy being attacked by dog

    Richard Hall | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Cats might treat you like their servants and furniture, but they got it where it counts. Like this cat, who was filmed drop-kicking the living daylights out of a dog that was attacking the cat’s little human: The father uploaded the video to YouTube earlier today, and wrote this about it: My cat defends my son during a vicious dog attack and runs the dog off before he can do additional damage.

  • WATCH: WWE, Daniel Bryan honor Connor the Crusher, a young fan who died

    Richard Hall | Published: Wed, May 7, 2014

    In 2012, 7-year-old Connor Michalek, who suffered from pediatric brain cancer, had his dream come true when he met his favorite WWE wrestler, Daniel Bryan. This past April, Connor — who went by Connor the Crusher — spent time backstage with the WWE roster, and even a little time in the ring where he took out company Executive Vice President Paul Levesque, also known as Triple H.

  • The HTC One M8 is everything you want in a smartphone, and more

    by Richard Hall, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 6, 2014

    Richard Hall writes that an overload of smartphones these days means people have to choose carefully what to spend their money on. Luckily, the HTC One M8 makes that decision easier for them.

  • WATCH: Oklahoma Representative says Satanic monument not what Oklahomans want

    Richard Hall | Published: Sun, May 4, 2014

    Oklahoma Rep. Paul Wesselhoft spoke with Huffington Post this past week to discuss his thoughts on the proposed Satanic monument, saying that he doesn’t think it’s something Oklahoma’s citizens want. Wesselhoft said he feels the entire reason for the Baphomet statue is just to rebel against the Ten Commandments statue currently sitting near the statehouse.

  • Oklahoma Satanic monument revealed: Have a look

    Richard Hall | Updated: Fri, May 2, 2014

    Remember all the commotion earlier this year about the proposed Satanic monument to be installed in front of the Oklahoma Capitol? Well, Vice has the first look at it in all its glory. I’m not gonna lie: That’s got more detail than I expected!

  • Go ahead and cry: Dog lost during Hurricane Sandy reunited with his family 18 months later

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, May 2, 2014

    Whatever you call it — coincidence, miracle, perfect timing — you can’t deny that this story is amazing. From the Monmouth County SPCA Facebook page: Imagine this: Your family dog is lost during Hurricane Sandy. After searching and giving up hope, 1.5 years later you decide to adopt a dog.

  • POLL: Sen. Inhofe says 'Oklahomans believe Obama promotes Islam.' Well, do you?

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, May 1, 2014

    Tulsa World has this story that says Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe says Oklahomans (like you and me) believe President Barack Obama promotes Islam. Really? Do you? Do we? Take the dang poll already.  

  • WATCH: This inspiring video will move you to tears, and you'll like it

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, May 1, 2014

    I’d give you a head’s up of what to expect from this extremely moving and inspiration Powerade commercial, but then I’d ruin the big reveal that happens just seconds into the video. Just know that it’s part of the company’s #PowerThrough campaign, and features an exceptional young man named Nico Calabria who is following his dream despite the hurdles he faces: Once I saw it I couldn’t help but ask myself: What’s my excuse?

  • Star Wars Episode VII cast revealed: Who they are, and what they're in

    Richard Hall | Updated: Tue, Apr 29, 2014

    StarWars.com revealed the cast for the work-in-progress “Episode VII,” complete with photo: The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

  • WWYD if there were an 'Up' house in your neighborhood?

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Apr 29, 2014

    Everyone and their dog has seen the Disney movie “Up,” which showcases a colorful yet quaint house that the main character lives in. The house is now kind of an iconic piece of Pixar history that has inspired everything from cakes to dollhouses.

  • It isn't news, but watch this graduation backflip go wrong

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Apr 29, 2014

    Ouch. Ouchouchouchouchouch. Check out this student from Davenport University attempt a celebratory backflip, only to have it go horribly wrong. Poor dude. He should’ve practiced in the cap and gown a bit more.

  • It isn't news, but watch this guy's reaction to becoming a grandpa

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    I think some dust or something just got in my eyes. As seen on reddit!

  • 'Better off as slaves': So wonders Cliven Bundy about black people

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Cliven Bundy has gone from obscurity to the center of a political tug-of-war, and he’s embracing every bit of the attention he’s getting. Problem is, now he’s done opened his mouth and shoved his foot firmly in it by saying things like this bit about black people on “government subsidies”: “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton.

  • It isn't news, but check out how happy this kid is because of hockey player Jordin Tootoo

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Professional hockey player Jordin Tootoo is now professional at being awesome. Because he did this:

  • Oregon: Powered by aborted fetus tissue?

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    What if you found out you got your electricity from the burning of tissue from aborted fetuses? Apparently that’s happening in Oregon right now. And once the Marion County Commission in Oregon realized what was going on, they worked quickly to put a stop to it.

  • It isn't news, but look at this creepy hornets nest

    Richard Hall | Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    I came across this on reddit and thought I’d share. #NightmaresForDays

  • Because Stone Cold said so! WWE's Steve Austin is all for marriage equality

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    WWE personality Stone Cold Steve Austin didn’t pull any punches when he spoke recently about his thoughts on marriage equality. In a very NSFW (’cause of language) section of a podcast, Stone Cold basically said: Any human being in America … who wants to be married … more power to them.

  • Go ahead and laugh: Charles Barkley's golf swing

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Now that’s some funny stuff. I don’t know much about golf, but I know he’s doing something wrong. Or, the club is too short for him. Slow news day? Nah. I just got done reading a bunch of crime stories and needed a pick-me-up.

  • Watch: Train narrowly misses man crossing the tracks

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Growing older means losing a step or two. But doesn’t growing older also mean growing wiser? And wisdom dictates “don’t ever try to beat a train. Especially if you’re on foot. And old.” No ageism here! But the guy in this clip is apparently 77 years old, and if he had been a step slower, I wouldn’t be sharing this video with you right now.