Robin Young

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Robin Young
Robin Cardwell Youngs

Alma materIthaca College
Occupation(s)Radio host, journalist
RelativesJohn Savage (brother)
Jim Youngs (brother)
AwardsPeabody Award 1990
Emmy Award (5 times)
Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2010)

Robin Cardwell Young (née Youngs) is an American television and radio personality.[1] She worked ten years in television, winning the Peabody Award for her documentary The Los Altos Story. In 2000, she shifted to radio in Boston. Young co-hosts the NPR and WBUR daily news magazine program Here and Now along with Scott Tong and Deepa Fernandes.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Young was born on Long Island, New York. She attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, graduating in 1972. The college gave her the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1982.[4] She has lived and worked in Manhattan, Washington, DC, Los Angeles and Boston.

Her three siblings are all actors. Gail Youngs and Jim Youngs are her sister and brother. Her third sibling is veteran film actor John Savage.[5]

Career in broadcasting[edit]

She began in television as a secretary at Channel 38 in Boston in 1973. In 1975, she went on air as a radio announcer at WBZ (Boston). She made her first television appearance on WBZ-TV's Evening Magazine in 1977.[6] From 1982 to 1983, Young was lead presenter, along with Tom Ellis, for the revamped evening newscasts on WNEV-TV (now WHDH) Channel 7.

After one year, she switched her role at the station and began hosting and producing a number of primetime specials under her own production company, Young Visions. In 1988, Young was "Life" section anchor of USA Today: The Television Show, a nationally syndicated news program.[7]

She made the documentary The Los Altos Story, promoting HIV/AIDS awareness; she won the Peabody Award in 1990 for this program.[8][9]

Young has hosted Here and Now since 2000. The show normally consists of five interview segments with reporters, politicians, artists, authors and experts on a given subject. It is broadcast from noon to 2 pm on WBUR and is distributed by NPR. In July 2013, Here and Now expanded to two hours. The show is produced at WBUR in Boston.


Young has won the Peabody and CableACE Awards[10] for documentary film making and five Emmy Awards for excellence in broadcasting. She was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2010.[1][8]


  1. ^ a b "Robin Young". WBUR. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Deepa Fernandes Joins NPR and WBUR's Here & Now as Co-host". NPR. 26 August 2022. Retrieved 22 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Scott Tong named 'Here & Now' co-host". Current. 24 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Full List of Winners". Ithaca College Alumni Awards. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  5. ^ "The Tribe From 'Hair' Reunites After 40 Years". WBUR. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  6. ^ Aeppel, Timothy (24 November 1982). "The battle of the nightly news anchors: 'star wars' comes to local TV". Christian Science Monitor. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  7. ^ "1988 Press Photo Bill Macatee and Robin Young anchors on USA Today - cvp11595". Historic Images. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Robin Young – Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame". Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Rotary and AIDS: The Los Altos Story". Peabody. 1990. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Robin Young". WBUR. Retrieved 26 January 2021.

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