Richard Krantz has a background of more than 20 years as a journalist, including 12 years as a newspaper reporter and eight as television reporter. He is the president of Pilot Productions, a video production company based in Columbia, Maryland, founded in 1986. He spent much of his journalism career as an investigative reporter and won many national and local awards. These include a Gavel Award from the American Bar Association; the Roy Howard Public Service Award; the Ohio State Broadcasting Award; two Emmys; plus awards from the American Political Science Association and the Associated Press Managing Editors. He has worked for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat; the Louisville Courier-Journal and Times; and at WHAS-TV in Louisville; KTVI-TV in St. Louis; and WTTG-TV, in Washington, D.C. He has produced documentaries on the founding of Columbia, Maryland, and for 10 graduating classes of the U.S. Naval Academy. Through Pilot Productions he has produced videos for the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago; the National Electrical Contractors Association; Xerox Corp.; the International Law Students Association; and many other clients. He has also taught journalism at Webster University, in St. Louis, and at Southern Illinois University.