在加入MSNBC之前，吕勇诗在CNN全球板块（CNN Worldwide）工作五年，最近的工作是在CNN头条新闻中担任上午十点“早间快报”的独立主播。他在2008年总统大选期间领导了该节目的早间政治报道。吕勇诗偶尔也会参加政治谈话节目The Bill Press Show和The Stephanie Miller Show。
1990年后，吕勇诗在加州政治的特殊时期为新闻广播KALX报道。他被分配到包括黛安·范士丹（Dianne Feinstein）第一次美国参议院竞选成功以及罗德尼·金（Rodney King）判决和骚乱的报道中。
2000年后，吕勇诗对亚洲日益升温的政治氛围进行报道，内容包括印度尼西亚的苏加诺家族在统治半个多世纪后被击败，马来西亚总理在二十余年后交出权力，以及台湾在亲中和反中政党之间的争议性选举。他曾在亚洲新闻台（Channel News Asia）工作，这是一家覆蓋二十个国家和地区的纯英语新闻网。
吕勇诗在非洲，亚洲和美国为社区服务二十五年。他为美国国会历史学会（United States Capitol Historical Society），亚太裔美国国会研究所（Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies）和美国亚太裔投票组织（APIA Vote）等机构提供志愿服务。
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.