Robin Robinson

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Robin Carolle Robinson (born August 4, 1957), known professionally as Robin Robinson, is a longtime Chicago television news anchor who was one of the two principal news anchors at WFLD-TV in Chicago. She has worked for TV stations in Chicago since 1987 until November 2013.

Robin Robinson
Born Robin Carolle Robinson
(1957-08-04) August 4, 1957 (age 56)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Ethnicity African-American
Alma mater Claremont High School
San Diego State University
Occupation Principal News Anchor at WFLD-TV
Years active 1979 - 2013

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Chicago, Robinson is the daughter of Louie Robinson, who was the West Coast editor for Ebony, and Mati Robinson.[1] Robinson moved with her family to Pomona, California in 1960 and to Claremont, California in 1963. She graduated from Claremont High School, helping to integrate the school.[1]

Robinson earned a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Robinson began her career in 1979 working for KGTV-TV in San Diego as a reporter and morning news reader. In 1982, she shifted to KMGH-TV in Denver as a consumer reporter.[2]

In 1984, Robinson joined WBBM-TV as a consumer reporter and later was promoted to news anchor. Robinson worked for WBBM-TV until 1987, when she joined the staff of WFLD-TV in Chicago as part of its first evening news anchoring team, alongside fellow KMGH alum Kris Long.[1] In taking the WFLD job, Robinson passed on an offer to return to KGTV in San Diego as an anchor, according to a June 24, 1987 report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

In 1993, Robinson was joined on the anchor desk by longtime Chicago news anchor Walter Jacobson. Robinson and Jacobson worked together until Jacobson retired in 2006.

Robinson co-anchored WFLD's late local news with Bob Sirott. She has won numerous local Emmy awards for her work.[3]

She also has appeared on multiple episodes of Fox's The Chicago Code as a Fox Chicago reporter alongside Bob Sirott.

Santa Claus comment[edit]

On December 1, 2011, during a live 9 p.m. newscast, while speaking with another on-air reporter, Robinson said, "There is no Santa." The station received numerous telephone calls and emails complaining about her comment. Robinson later apologized and said that she should have given viewers the opportunity to take any children out of the room before making the comment.[4]


Robinson dated educator, author, businessman and future partner of Oprah Winfrey, Stedman Graham from 1982 until 1985.[5]

She has been married three times. Robinson was married to retired track and field sprinter Steve Williams in the 1980s,[6] to NBC spot salesman Terrence Brantley from July 1986[7] until 1990, and to Dennis Allen from June 1991[8] until 1994.[9] Robin and Williams had a daughter, Jade in 1989. She and Allen had a son, Cameron, in October 1991.[10]

Robinson lives in the Bucktown neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side.


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