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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
saddle gray, black, chocolate brown, burnt orange, green, etc.
Favorite Food:
Collard greens, catfish, pork roast, rice and red beans, etc.
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Skiing in Colorado Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
There's No Such Thing As a Dead-End Job, Just Dead-End People.

Birthplace

Born:
8/4/1957
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
saddle gray, black, chocolate brown, burnt orange, green, etc.
Favorite Food:
Collard greens, catfish, pork roast, rice and red beans, etc.
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Skiing in Colorado Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
There's No Such Thing As a Dead-End Job, Just Dead-End People.

Birthplace

Born:
8/4/1957
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Local Emmy Award winning television anchor Robin Carolle Robinson was born on August 4, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois, to Louie and Mati Robinson. Robinson was the second youngest in a family of six children. As a child, she was fascinated by her father’s skills as a journalist, especially his ability to type quickly. In 1960, Robinson’s father was promoted to West Coast editor of Ebony magazine, and her family relocated to Pomona, California. Then, in 1963, her family moved to Claremont, California, where Robinson was one of the first African Americans to integrate the predominantly white Claremont High School.

After graduating from high school, Robinson went on to attend San Diego State University where she pursued her B.A. degree in journalism. She then worked for KGTV in San Diego. In 1981, Robinson was hired as an anchor by WBBM-TV, Chicago’s CBS affiliate. She worked there until 1987, when she joined the staff of WFLD-TV Fox News Chicago. As an anchorwoman for Fox, Robinson received numerous awards, particularly for her coverage of the Great Chicago Flood and the funeral of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.

In 1995, Robinson became a spokesperson for the Child Abuse Prevention Series. In 1997, after her older brother Greg passed away, she helped produce a series on heroin addiction. Robinson is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and serves on the board of directors of South Central Community Services, Inc.

Robinson lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robin Robinson's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Robin Robinson's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robin Robinson lists her favorites, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robin Robinson lists her favorites, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robin Robinson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robin Robinson talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robin Robinson describes her mother's childhood outside Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robin Robinson talks about the racism her biracial mother experienced
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robin Robinson talks about her mother's upbringing and her maternal grandmother's domestic service jobs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robin Robinson describes her father, Louie Robinson, Jr.'s family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Robin Robinson talks about her father, Louie Robinson, Jr.'s childhood outside Tyler, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robin Robinson recalls visiting her grandfather, Louie Robinson, Sr., in Enid, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robin Robinson describes her earliest memory and moving from Chicago, Illinois to Pomona, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robin Robinson talks about her father, Louie Robinson, Jr. becoming West Coast Editor for HistoryMaker John H. Johnson's magazines, 'Ebony' and 'Jet'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robin Robinson describes her father, Louie Robinson, Jr.'s education at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, his U.S. Armed Forces service, and his professional relationship with HistoryMaker John H. Johnson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robin Robinson talks about her father, Louie Robinson, Jr.'s journalistic career in 1960s Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robin Robinson describes her godfather and family friend, Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robin Robinson talks about Sammy Davis, Jr., and HistoryMakers Harry Belafonte and Nancy Wilson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robin Robinson describes her father's close friend, Sidney Poitier, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robin Robinson describes her father's close friend, Sidney Poitier, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robin Robinson recalls her neighborhoods growing up in Pomona and Claremont, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robin Robinson describes her experiences and friends at Arroyo Elementary School in Pomona, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robin Robinson describes her neighborhood and Chaparral Elementary School in Claremont, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robin Robinson talks about La Puerta Junior High School in Claremont, California, and her mother's activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robin Robinson recalls the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movement, and busing programs to integrate Claremont High School in Claremont, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robin Robinson talks about her friends at Claremont High School in Claremont, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robin Robinson describes her extracurricular activities at La Puerta Junior High School in Claremont, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Robin Robinson recalls protests in Claremont, California against the Vietnam War, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robin Robinson recalls protests in Claremont, California against the Vietnam War, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robin Robinson describes horseback riding and swimming in Claremont, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robin Robinson talks about the countercultural trends and drug culture in Claremont, California during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robin Robinson talks about her father, Louie Robinson, Jr.'s journalistic career during the late 1960s and about her siblings
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robin Robinson describes her late brother, Greg Robinson, and his heroin addiction
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robin Robinson talks about her brother, Greg Robinson's 1996 death from AIDS-related illness
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robin Robinson recounts her 1975 decision to attend San Diego State University to become a broadcast journalist