also a journalist and tv news correspondent.
He was from Richmond Viriginia and is the
son of Maxie and Doris RObinson.
He has been to three colleges like
Oberlin College, Virgina Union University
and Indiana University.
Robinson started his profession as
floor director and newsreader at
WTOV-TV in Steubenville, OHio in
Later in 1964, he moved to
Washington where he became the
first African American anchor on
a local tv news program on WTOP-TV
Channel 9. In 1969, and the first
African American anchor on a network
television news program.
He spent 3 and a half years at
WRC and won 6 journalism awards for his
coverage of the 1968 riots after
civil rights leader Martin Luther
King Jr.’s assassination, the anti-war
demonstrations, and the national election.
During this time RObinson won 2 regional
Emmy’s for a documentary he did on Black
life in Anacostia titled the OTher
Washington. At WTOP, he was working
wti the Gordon Peterson for 6pm and
11pm newscasts and the rest has been
By 1978, Robinson joined ABC’s WOrld
News Tonigaht and became the first
African American network anchor.
He confronted racism at any
cost. ABC’s management was frustrated
wtih him and moved him to the post of
weekend anchor. In 1983, he left ABC
for WMAQ-TV in Chicago where he stayed
for 2 years. During his career, he
received The Capital Press Club Journalist
of the year award, the Ohio State Award
and an award from the National Education