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Richard M. Dolan: Bio

For over twenty years, Richard Dolan has been one of the best known UFO researchers in the world. He is the author of several groundbreaking books in the field, opening up fresh ways of understanding this perplexing subject. 


His massive two-volume history, UFOs and the National Security State, has permanently altered our understanding of the rich history of UFOs and the coverup of this reality by government and military agencies around the world, and especially within the United States. He also is co-author of the classic book, A.D. After Disclosure, to this day still the only book-length attempt to analyze the potential end of UFO secrecy and what that might mean for the world. His book UFOs for the 21st Century Mind remains the best single volume to discuss the full range of the UFO subject in all its complexity, written in clear and easy to understand prose. His most recent book, The Alien Agendas, is another unique contribution to the subject, being one of the few attempts to analyze the beings behind the UFO phenomenon by examining the long history of our encounters with them. 


Aside from being one of ufology’s most engaging writers, Richard has been in front of the camera and microphone for many years, and has spoken to audiences around the world. For many years he has hosted The Richard Dolan Show, a usually weekly podcast for KGRA and his YouTube Channel. He has appeared on countless television programs, including Ancient Aliens, Hangar One, UFOs the Lost Evidence, and many others. He also wrote and hosted the television series False Flags, which appears on GaiaTV, and has recently written and been featured in an extended series relating to UFOs entitled History of Aerial Phenomena, that is scheduled to appear on Gaia and elsewhere. 

These days, Richard is engaged in writing his third volume of UFOs and the National Security State, bringing the history of UFOs up to the present day.


Meanwhile, he manages his website,, which features fresh writing, video, and audio content by Richard every week.


Some of the programs in which Richard Dolan has appeared include:

  • Ancient Aliens, a series for the History Channel, several appearances, 2011-Present.

  • Hangar 1: The UFO Files, a series for H2 History Channel, (2013-2015)

  • Close Encounters, a series for the Science Channel (2014)

  • Numerous documentaries, including The Hidden Hand (2011), The Day Before Disclosure (2011), Fastwalkers (2006), Dan Akroyd Unplugged on UFOs (2005), Out of the Blue: The Definitive Investigation of the UFO Phenomenon (2004).

  • Frequent appearances on the History Channel’s UFO Files and the Science Channel’s Dark Matters Twisted but True!

  • William Shatner’s Weird or What? (2012).

  • With NBC's Lester Holt in 2010, for a special two-hour documentary on SyFy, Inside Secret Government Warehouses: Shocking Revelations

  • Glenn Beck Show live appearance, January 3, 2007.

  • Co-host of SciFi Investigates, a six-episode series on the Sci Fi Channel, 2006. 

  • Larry King Live! (pre-recorded),  2005 and 2006.

  • Sci Fi Channel’s series hosted by Bryant Gumbel: The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence (2002), UFO Invasion at Rendlesham, (2003), and The New Roswell: Kecksburg Exposed (2003).

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