Richard Austin Quest (born 9 March 1962) is a British journalist and non-practicing barrister
working as a news anchor for CNN International
. He is also an editor-at-large of CNN Business
He anchors ''Quest Means Business'', the five-times-weekly business program and fronts the CNN shows ''Business Traveller
''The Express'' and ''Quest's World of Wonder''.
Early life and education
Quest is a native of Liverpool
), England, having been born and partly brought up there. He is Jewish
He was educated at the state comprehensive Roundhay School
, followed by Airedale and Wharfedale College
and the University of Leeds
, where he earned a Bachelor of Laws
in 1983, and was called to the Bar
He spent the 1983–1984 academic year in the United States at Vanderbilt University
, where he was the news director of WRVU
Quest became a trainee journalist at the BBC
in 1985, joining its financial section in 1987, and moving to New York City in 1989 to become the BBC's North American business correspondent.
Quest later worked for the BBC from the United States as part of its then-fledgling BBC News 24
channel. He was the business correspondent reporting on, and discussing the world stock market
in a regular segment entitled ''World Business Report'' usually aired between 2:00am and 3:00am (GMT), a programme that he presented alongside Paddy O'Connell
. He was also an occasional presenter on the BBC's early-morning ''Business Breakfast
Quest joined CNN in 2001 for the launch of ''Business International
''. Since this time Quest has covered a variety of different events for CNN, amongst others an analysis of the U.S. elections as ''American Quest'' and the start of the circulation of euro
banknotes and coins on 1 January 2002 and the last official commercial flight of Concorde
. He has also headed up CNN's coverage of several events involving the British Royal Family
In 2006, Quest turned down an opportunity to join Al Jazeera English
news channel, the English language
version of al-Jazeera
, "on the grounds that being gay and Jewish might not be suitable".
On 9 April 2015, Quest was announced as the host of the ABC game show
''. He was replaced by Dan Harris
for the show's second season.
On 8 June 2015, Quest appeared as a contestant on ''The CNN Quiz Show: The Seventies Edition'' special produced by Eimear Crombie, along with his partner Brooke Baldwin
playing for StandUp for Kids
Quest is also an Aviation Correspondent for CNN, and extensively covered the story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
, which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
[ Quest later wrote the book, ''The Vanishing of Flight MH370: The True Story of the Hunt for the Missing Malaysian Plane'', published by Penguin Random House on 8 March 2016.]
In 2008, Quest was arrested in New York City's Central Park with drugs in his pocket. Quest admitted being in possession of crystal methamphetamine, a controlled substance.
On 26 June 2014, Quest described his past experience as a closeted gay man on his CNN television programme ''Quest Means Business''. In April 2020, Quest tested positive for COVID-19.
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