Robin Washington is an American journalist and filmmaker, born in Chicago in 1956.
Washington was born to an African American father, Atlee Washington, and Jewish mother, Jean Birkenstein Washington.
His major work is the 1995 PBS documentary, You Don't Have to Ride Jim Crow!, which is a chronicle of the Journey of Reconciliation, the first Freedom Ride of whites and blacks traveling through the Upper South in 1947 to challenge segregation in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's Irene Morgan decision.
Washington previously produced the documentary: Vermont: The Whitest State in the Union, about African Americans in that state.
From 1996 to 2004 he worked at the Boston Herald, where he wrote a consumer and transportation column and also covered the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, for which he made frequent appearances on national television news shows.
He is also a radio commentator for National Public Radio, and has been a writer, editor, and publisher for several publications.
He is married to photojournalist Julia Cheng, and the father of Erin Washington, born in 1980.
- Miriam Rinn (Summer 1995). "Black Jews: Changing the Face of American Jewry" (PDF). The Reporter. Women's American ORT. pp. 11–13. Retrieved March 16, 2008.
- “Black and Jewish Like Jesus and Me", Robin Washington, in MultiAmerica, Ishmael Reed, editor, Viking Press, 1997
- Black, Jewish and Interracial: It's Not the Color of Your Skin but the Race of Your Kin, and Other Myths of Identity, Katya Gibel Azoulay, Duke University Press, 1997
- Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism, Yvonne Chireau, Nathaniel Deutsch, eds., Oxford University Press, 2000
- “The Soul of Judaism,” Emerge magazine, September 1995
- “Blasting the Boss in Boston", Stephen J. Simurda, Columbia Journalism Review, September 2000