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Eugene Harold Robinson (born 1955, Orangeburg, South Carolina) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist and the former assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. His columns are syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group, and he is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Robinson is a board member of the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation).
Robinson attended Orangeburg Wilkinson High School in the town where he was born and, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the University of Michigan, where he wrote for The Michigan Daily school newspaper.
In 1976, he began his journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle; his assignments included the trial of publishing heiress Patty Hearst. He joined The Washington Post in 1980. Working his way up through the ranks, he was first a city-hall reporter at the paper. He then became the assistant city editor; a foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and London, England; and, most recently, the assistant managing editor of the paper's style section. He began writing columns for the opinion page of the paper in 2005, also writes a twice-a-week column on politics and culture, and conducts a weekly online conversation with readers.
Robinson appears frequently as a liberal political analyst on MSNBC cable-TV network's programs such as Morning Joe, PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Ed Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann (now discontinued on MSNBC). In addition, he is often a panelist on NBC's public affairs program Meet the Press.
Robinson was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in recognition of his columns that focused on the first African-American U.S. presidential candidate to win votes in the electoral college, Barack Obama, who eventually won, during the 2008 presidential campaign.
He lives with wife Avis and two sons in Arlington, Virginia.
- Coal to Cream: A Black Man's Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race. New York: Free Press. 1999. ISBN 0-684-85722-7.
- Last Dance in Havana: The Final Days of Fidel and the Start of the New Cuban Revolution. New York: Free Press. 2004. ISBN 0-7432-4622-5.
- Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America. New York: Doubleday. 2010. ISBN 0-385-52654-7.
- ^ IWMF website.
- ^ The State of the News Media 2012.
- ^ Howard Kurtz (April 20, 2009). "Post's Robinson Wins Commentary Pulitzer". The Washington Post.