Chief Correspondent, ITV's Daybreak
Richard Gaisford is the Chief Correspondent on Daybreak on ITV.
Brought up in Tonbridge, Kent, Richard attended Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys before gaining a distinction in his Broadcast Journalism diploma at Falmouth College.
Richard's career in journalism began during the first Gulf War, when he worked at ITN on both radio and television newsdesks. He went on to work as a desk journalist at Sky News, and a reporter for Westcountry Television and the London Tonight programme. Richard was the first television reporter on the scene of the Docklands bomb.
During his time with GMTV Richard covered many international stories, including the floods
in Mozambique in 2000, the Paris Concorde crash and the sinking of the Kirsk submarine in
Northern Russia. In March 2003 Richard went to the Middle East to report on the Gulf War. As part of an arrangement with the MOD, he worked not only for GMTV, but for all other British Networks and broadcast organisations around the world. Richard was 'embedded' with The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, a tank regiment supported by infantry. Richard's frontline reports from Iraq were seen daily on GMTV, BBC, ITN, Channel 4 and Channel 5, Sky, CNN, Fox, ABC and NBC amongst others.
Richard reported on the Tsunami, the devastating earthquakes in Pakistan and the Pope's death for GMTV.
Since reporting for Daybreak, Richard has covered many international stories including the
sinking of the Costa Concordia, the Philippines typhoon, Glasgow helicopter crash, the passing
of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and more recently the UK’s winter floods Aside from news reporting, Richard has become expert on gadgets and new technology having visited Tokyo to film a series of special reports on how technology is changing our lives and later to South Korea to highlight how gadgets are part of family life in this technologically advanced country.
Richard lives in Hampshire with his wife and two children.