Mike Richards first became involved in the Ryan case as the leader of student protests against Ryan's execution. He started his working life as a journalist with The Age, and his later career has involved him as an academic, government adviser, management consultant, and media executive. In the late 1990s he was assistant publisher and deputy CEO of The Age, after a period as associate editor and columnist. Dr Richards holds a PhD in political science from the University of Melbourne, is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and lives in Melbourne.
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