Robin Toner

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Robin Toner
Born May 22, 1954
Chester, Pennsylvania
Died December 12, 2008(2008-12-12) (aged 54)
Washington, DC
Occupation journalist
Employer New York Times
Home town Chadds Ford, Pa.
Spouse(s) Peter Gosselin
Children Jacob and Nora Toner
Parent(s) Charles and Mary Louise Toner

Roberta "Robin" Denise Toner (1954–2008) was an American journalist. She was the first woman to be national political correspondent for The New York Times.[1]

Robin Toner was born on May 22, 1954, in Chester, Pennsylvania and grew up in Chadds Ford Township, Pennsylvania.[2] Her father, Charles, was an oil refinery supervisor and World War II pilot; her mother, Mary Louise, was a homemaker. She reported for The Charleston Daily Mail in West Virginia and The Atlanta Journal and Constitution before joining the Times in 1985.[3]

In 1992, Toner was the lead reporter on Bill Clinton's presidential election. She later became chief of correspondents on the paper's national desk in New York, coaching reporters in other bureaus, and also had held the title of senior writer, covering topics including abortion rights and judicial nominations.[3]

Toner died of complications resulting from colon cancer on December 12, 2008.[3]

The Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, awarded annually by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, is named after her, as is the Toner Lecture/Symposium on American politics and political journalism; together they make up the Toner Program in Political Reporting, established at Syracuse University in 2009.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ Purdum, Todd (12/12/2008). "Robin Toner, Times Reporter, Is Dead at 54". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Bernstein, Adam (12/13/2008). "Robin Toner, 54; Veteran New York Times Reporter and Editor". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ a b c Associated Press (12/12/2008). "New York Times Reporter Robin Toner Dies at 54". The Associated Press.
  4. ^ "» Toner Prize". Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  5. ^ "» About". Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  6. ^ "» Toner Lecture". Retrieved 2015-03-25.