richard r. gall, jour '86
Rick Gall thrives on the unexpected.
“Each day in the television news business is a new day, and it can be exhilarating and challenging,” he says. “Most importantly, it provides an opportunity to serve the community by finding, covering and delivering news that impacts people’s lives.”
After graduating from Marquette with honors and earning a master’s degree from The American University in Washington, D.C., Rick, a Wisconsin native, worked as a general assignment news reporter for eight years before landing at WRAL-TV in Raleigh/Durham, N.C.
After several promotions Rick is now an Emmy-award-winning news director at WRAL, responsible for running the news department and disseminating news content across numerous platforms. He supervises more than 110 people and is in charge of a multi-million dollar budget. A known technology and news leader, the award-winning WRAL has been doing newscasts in HD since 2001 and dominates the local news ratings.
Married in 1993, Rick lives with his wife, Pam, in Raleigh, where he’s chairman of the pastoral council at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, an active member of the Knights of Columbus and vice president of the board of the Radio Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas.
While a Marquette student, Rick spent hours in Dr. Tiedge's office discussing ethics—conversations that foreshadowed his commitment to excellence in all things, a hallmark of his career.
“I believe achieving success requires a positive attitude, strong work ethic, effective communication, resourcefulness, initiative, competence, dependability and good judgment,” says Rick. ““Marquette provided a great educational foundation for these qualities. And it allowed me to build many friendships that continue to this day.”