Tori Richards is a journalist who has lived and breathed the crime beat in Southern California during the past 20 years. Richards spent the first 12 years of her career at newspapers such as Los Angeles Daily News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune, where she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for an investigation into prisoners who mysteriously died in jail. She also won numerous journalism awards, including the coveted Associated Press Best of the West and two from the California Newspapers Publishers Association.
After a stint as media director of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Richards was in demand by several of the biggest news agencies in the world and started working as a correspondent for the New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, Agence France Presse, New York Post, New York Daily News, AOL News and Time Warner’s Crime Library. She also worked as a producer for CBS News in Los Angeles.
Not content with just sitting behind her desk at a computer, Richards is an old-school reporter who likes to dig for information at crime scenes, track down witnesses and attend criminal trials. During her career, she has written thousands of crime stories and covered more than 100 trials at various stages including those involving OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, the Aryan Brotherhood, Rodney Alcala, and the Night Stalker.