Dec. 8: Richard Lui, MSNBC, to moderate Women’s Entrepreneurship Panel

Nonpartisan Reporting Spanning 25 Years

Richard Lui’s career in politics and political news spans 25 years, including news anchor for MSNBC, NBC News and CNN Worldwide. In 2007 he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily national news broadcast in America. Most recently, Lui reported on the ground on the Paris and San Bernardino Terror Attacks and in Ferguson and Baltimore during heightened racial unrest. He’s received Emmy and Peabody awards and the Champion in Media Award at the Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner Award at the National Press Club.


Launched 6 Tech Brands over 3 Business Cycles

Business Insider named Lui one of 21 careers to watch alongside Warren Buffett and Sheryl Sandberg. Over the course of 30 years, Lui has launched six techbology brands over three business cycles, most recently with an artifiical intelligence company in Silicon Valley. After MBA at Michigan Ross School of Business, he joined Citibank where he co-created a fintech payment model he holds a patent for. He was a management consultant at Mercer for an IBM joint venture. Lui sits on four boards of directors / advisers in spaces ranging from international relations to artificial intelligence.


Top 1% WSB Speaker, over 500 Events

Lui is ranked in the top 1% of subject matter experts of Washington Speakers Bureau speakers. Lui was awarded Civil Rights awards, including the National Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award, Asian American Jounalists Association’s Civil Rights Award, and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Courage Award. He is also ranked globally in the top 1% of social media users by Twitter Counter, and more lightheartedly, for four years ranked by Mediaite as one of the “50 Sexiest in TV News.”


Political Practitioner

During the last 15 years Lui’s reporting has focused on politics, covering every U.S. national election since 2004. He has interviewed hundreds of politicians, from Detroit Mayor to U.S. President. He has been a contributing columnist for USA Today, Politico, Seattle Times, Detroit Free Press, Huffington Post, and others. Lui is a Policy Fellow at UC Riverside.

Lui’s passion for politics started in the 70s, when he debated California’s controversial Proposition 13 on bus rides to school. His interest turned into a job at the age of 19: campaign manager for San Francisco College Board incumbent Alan Wong. After the election, Lui returned to college. His plan was to write on policy and the affairs of state, subscribing to the Washington Post when it had to be mailed to the west coast.

In the 1990s, Lui reported for news radio KALX during a unique time in California politics. Two of his first stories as a journalist were Dianne Feinstein’s first successful U.S. Senate campaign and the Rodney King verdict and riots.

Later in the 2000s, Lui reported from Asia during an increasingly heated political climate. Two Muslim countries in Southeast Asia transformed: Indonesia’s Sukarno family was defeated after rule spanning over half a century; and Malaysia’s prime minister, after almost a quarter of a century handed over power. Lui also reported on Taiwan’s controversial election between pro- and anti- China political parties. He was at Channel NewsAsia, an English-only news network in 20 countries and territories.

He is a Policy Fellow at the University of California Riverside where he explores the cross of public policy and media, Global Ambassador for Plan International, one of 200 active US State Department Traveling Speakers, and spokesperson for NGOs focusing on gender equality and human trafficking including the UN’s HeForShe campaign.