Eugene Robinson (journalist)

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Eugene Robinson
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Robinson in June 2016
Eugene Harold Robinson

(1954-03-12) 12 March 1954 (age 66)
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BA)
Harvard University
Notable credit(s)
The Washington Post
San Francisco Chronicle

Eugene Harold Robinson (born March 12, 1954) is an American newspaper columnist and an associate editor of The Washington Post. His columns are syndicated to 262 newspapers by The Washington Post Writers Group. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009, was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2011[1] and served as its chair from 2017 to 2018.[2]

Robinson also serves as NBC News and MSNBC's chief political analyst.

Robinson is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a board member of the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation).[3]


Early years and education[edit]

Robinson was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina and attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, where he "was one of a handful of black students on a previously all-white campus."[4]

Before graduating from the University of Michigan in 1974, he was the first African American co-editor-in-chief of The Michigan Daily.[4] During the 1987-1988 academic year, he was a mid-career Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.[5][6]


In 1976, he began his journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle; his early 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 South America correspondent based in Buenos Aires, Argentina; London bureau chief; foreign editor; 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[7] on MSNBC cable-TV network's programs such as Morning Joe, PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, The Rachel Maddow Show, Velshi & Ruhle, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Andrea Mitchell Reports. 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 then-Senator Barack Obama in the context of his first presidential campaign.[8]


External video
Presentation by Robinson on Coal to Cream, September 7, 1999, C-SPAN
Booknotes interview with Robinson on Coal to Cream, November 7, 1999, C-SPAN
Presentation by Robinson on Last Dance in Havana, July 20, 2004, C-SPAN
Presentation by Robinson on Disintegration, October 16, 2010, C-SPAN
Presentation by Robinson on Disintegration, September 24, 2011, C-SPAN
Interview with Robinson on Disintegration, September 24, 2011, C-SPAN
  • 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 978-0-385-52654-8.


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