Richard Lui has been an MSNBC dayside anchor since September 2010. He
has anchored some of the network’s major breaking stories, including
the 2011 debt-ceiling debate, the Arab Spring, and the deficit
supercommittee failure. His daily reports have included the Tea Party
movement, candidates’ social media strategies, and the link of
unemployment to electability.
Before joining MSNBC, Lui spent five years at CNN Worldwide, most
recently with CNN Headline News as the solo anchor of the 10 a.m. hour
of “Morning Express.” He led the network’s morning political
reporting throughout the 2008 presidential election. Lui occasionally
is a guest on political talk shows The Bill Press Show and The
Stephanie Miller Show.
Lui’s passion for politics started in the 70s, debating California’s
controversial Proposition 13 on bus rides to school. That 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. He was assigned to stories including 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.
In addition to his political and journalism work, Lui spent 15 years
in business working in consulting, manufacturing, food and beverage,
and environmental industries. During the late 1990s, Lui worked with
several new technology businesses in Northern California. Most
recently he cofounded the first bank-centric payment system for which
he holds a patent. He also worked for firms including Citibank, and
Mercer Management Consulting in New York.
Lui has spent 25 years in community service in Africa, Asia, and the
United States, volunteering for organizations like the United States
Capitol Historical Society, the Asian Pacific American Institute for
Congressional Studies, and APIA Vote.
Lui attended UC Berkeley majoring in the political economy of industrial
society, later graduating with a BA in rhetoric. He received his MBA from the
Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and is enrolled at
Stanford University in its program in International Security.