United States Agency for Global Media

Statement on the passing of RFA founding president Dick Richter

This weekend we lost a pioneer, a visionary, and a friend when Dick Richter, founding president of Radio Free Asia, passed away on Friday, June 29.

Dick was instrumental in launching and then expanding RFA into the world-class news organization it is today.

Millions of people across Asia accessed unbiased and uncensored information –some for the first time—because of his leadership and dedication. His devotion to excellence and journalistic integrity set standard that is adhered to today.

We mourn with our RFA colleagues and honor his legacy.