Rich Pierce joined NEWS9 in May 2013 after graduating from Kent State University with a degree in broadcast journalism.
Each day, Rich anchors NEWS9 MIDDAY, NEWS9 LIVE AT FIVE and NEWS9 AT SIX.
During his time at Kent State, Rich served as news director when his college station TV2-KSU won "Station Of The Year" from the College Media Association. Rich won "Best Sportscast" from the College Media Association and College Broadcasters Inc. in 2012. He was also awarded Collegiate Sportscaster Of The Year from the Broadcast Education Association in 2013. In 2012, he won second place in the same category. He anchored newscasts and hosted the station's weekly sports program, "Sports Corner," for four years. Upon graduation, he was awarded the station's "Carol Costello Outstanding Achievement Award, named after the CNN anchor and TV2-KSU alumna.
Rich interned with the KDKA-TV Pittsburgh sports department in summer 2011. There, he covered Pittsburgh sporting events and conducted interviews for the station.
Rich is from Beaver County, Pa., and graduated from Hopewell High School. He married his high school sweetheart in 2013 and welcomed son Benjamin to the world in February 2015.