Holding it Down: Chicago's Anchor, Robin Robinson
citizen | 4/3/2013, 12:01 p.m.
An afternoon chat with Emmy Award winning Fox 32 News -Chicago Anchor, Robin Robinson, revealed fascinating facts about her connection to Chicago, Oprah Winfrey, and even Winfrey's longtime boyfriend, Stedman Graham. The Chicago Citizen Newspaper also discovered early influences on Robinson's career decision and how the mother of three and step mother of four, seeks out news that is relevant and important to all communities.
Born, Robin Carolle Robinson, on Aug. 4, 1957, Robinson spent the first three years of her life in Chicago, but can't recall much of that time. Her father, Louie Robinson, an obvious influence on her career choice, moved the family from Chicago's Hyde Park to Southern California after becoming the West Coast Editor of Ebony Magazine.
Robinson began her own journalism career as a secretary in the Public Affairs Department at KGTV, San Diego while attending San Diego State University and won her very first --and most coveted-- Emmy Award for writing a Public Service Announcement while working there.
Armed with an her Emmy, Robinson returned to Chicago in 1983 eventually becoming part of the news team assembled to launch a local Fox News station in Chicago, known now as FOX 32 News-Chicago. It was historic time in Chicago and Robinson remembers every bit of it and is proud to have been a part of it. And now thirty years later, the charismatic, down-to-earth Robinson is at the top of her game.
"A love that just gets better with time," is how she describes her many years of reporting in Chicago. "Exciting and enlightening ...hardly a dull moment in the 25 years I spent here as an adult."
Here's more of Robinson's interview with the Chicago Citizen Newspaper:Chicago Citizen Newspaper: What women do you admire?
Robinson: There are so many who have accomplished so many things including my peers such as Andrea Zopp, (described as a trailblazing African-American attorney who made her name as a high-powered prosecutor, then moved on to the corporate world and now is CEO and president of the Chicago Urban League.) There's also Barbara Walters the first female to anchor a nightly news cast and there's Gail Christian. (The only black television news reporter during the 70s.) I saw her and it inspired me to see someone who looked like me. Now these women are all around like Oprah who is also a ground breaker. It matters to have diversity.
Chicago Citizen Newspaper: What advice would you give to young women who want to follow your footsteps into the broadcast news industry?
Robinson: I would tell them to write, write and write some more. So many of them have the wrong idea about what I do. Writing is the foundation of what I do. That's where the actual record lies more than with a picture. If you don't love writing, you don't want to be in this business.
Chicago Citizen Newspaper: As a woman, what would you say is our charge today?
Robinson: It's ok to realize we are not men with dresses on. Our role is not limited but partially defined by the fact that we are women. Just as being a black reporter, we have a different cultural responsibility. It's ok to have a woman's point of view.