Max Robinson Journalist

Max Robinson (May 1, 1939 – December 20, 1988) was an American broadcast journalist, and ABC News World News Tonight co-anchor. He was the first African American broadcast network news anchor in the United States and one of the first television journalists to die of AIDS. He was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. Robinson was born to Maxie and Doris Robinson in Richmond, Virginia, and went on to attend Oberlin College, where he was freshman class president. He briefly served in the United States Air Force and was assigned to the Russian Language School at Indiana University before receiving a medical discharge. He began working in radio early on, including a short time at WSSV-AM in Petersburg, Virginia, where he called himself "Max The Player," and later at WANT-AM, Richmond. Robinson began his television career in 1959, when he was hired for a news job at WTOV-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia. He had to read the news while hidden behind a slide of the station's logo. One night, Robinson had the slide removed, and was fired the next day.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 1st, 1939
United States of America
Date of death
December 20th, 1988 at age of 49
Place of death
Washington, D.C., United States of America
Cause of death
African American




1. Indiana University Bloomington Colleges/University

Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) is a public research university located in Bloomington, Indiana, in the United States. IU Bloomington is the flagship campus of the Indiana University system. Being the flagship campus, IU Bloomington is often referred to simply as IU or Indiana. However, in recent years, the name "Indiana University" has been applied more broadly to the entire Indiana University system.

Type Public university
2012. 772 mil. $
2010. 1.37 bil. $
Institution colors
107 South Indiana Ave., 47405 - Bloomington, Indiana
2013. 32,371
2011. 325,430
2010. 32,367
2009. 32,490
2011. 9,509
2010. 10,097
Acceptance rate
2012. 74.4 %
2010. 72.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 10.2 K $
2011. 9.52 K $
2010. 9.03 K $
2009. 8.61 K $
2008. 8.23 K $
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Wikipedia article

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Notable alumni by career
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Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Indiana University Bloomington connected by profession and/or age

b. 1934., Journalist
b. 1900., Journalist
b. 1921., Journalist
b. 1963., Journalist
b. 1928., Journalist
b. 1891., Journalist
b. 1952., Journalist
b. 2008., Journalist

2. Virginia Union University Colleges/University

Virginia Union University (VUU) is a historically black university located in Richmond, Virginia, United States. It took its present name in 1899 upon the merger of two older schools, Richmond Theological Institute and Wayland Seminary, each founded after the end of American Civil War by the American Baptist Home Mission Society. VUU's 84-acre (34 ha) campus is located at 1500 North Lombardy Street in Richmond's North Side.

Type Private university
2010. 23.3 mil. $
Institution colors
1500 N Lombardy St, 23220 - Richmond, Virginia
2010. 1,303
2009. 1,307
2010. 364
Acceptance rate
2010. 75.0 %
Local tuition
2010. 13.3 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article

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Notable alumni by career
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Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Virginia Union University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1918., Journalist
b. 1941., Pastor
b. 1941., Lawyer
b. 1934., American Football Running back
b. 1938., Politician
b. 1934., Politician
b. 1922., Military Person
b. 1974., Basketball Center

3. Oberlin College Colleges/University

Oberlin College is a private liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, noteworthy for having been the first American institution of higher learning to regularly admit female and black students. Connected to the college is the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the oldest continuously operating conservatory in the country. The college's motto is "Learning and Labor.

Type Liberal arts college
2013. 720 mil. $
2010. 633 mil. $
Institution colors
September 2nd, 1833
Cox Administration Building, Room 201, 44074 - Oberlin, Ohio
2012. 2,930
2010. 2,974
2009. 2,889
2012. 14
2010. 26
Acceptance rate
2012. 31.3 %
2010. 30.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 46.3 K $
2010. 41.2 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Oberlin College connected by profession and/or age

b. 1943., Journalist
b. 1940., Journalist
b. 1885., Journalist
b. 1925., Journalist
b. 1958., Journalist
b. 1952., Journalist
b. 1971., Journalist
b. 1949., Journalist


Company Founded Positions
TV News Anchor
1984 - 1985
Official site
Other people associated with WMAQ-TV
TV Anchor
TV Journalist
TV Meteorologist
TV Journalist

Organizations founded

1. National Association of Black Journalists

Journalism Organization

Official web page


Wikiedia article

The National Association of Black Journalists is an organization of African-American journalists, students, and media professionals. Founded in 1975 in Washington, D.C., by 44 journalists, the NABJ's stated purpose is to provide quality programs and services to and advocate on behalf of black journalists. The association's national office is on the main campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. The current president is Gregory Lee, Jr., senior assistant sports editor of The Boston Globe, and the executive director is Maurice Foster. The NABJ states that it has a membership of 4,100 and is the largest organization of journalists of color in the United States. The organization was one of the four minority journalist member associations in the UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. until they seceded from the organization in the Spring of 2011. The organization's annual Salute to Excellence Awards honors coverage of African-American people and subjects. Awards given include Journalist of the Year, Emerging Journalist and Lifetime Achievement; past honorees have included Ed Bradley, Carole Simpson, Byron Pitts, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Bernard Shaw, and Michele Norris.

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
At the Death House Door
2008 Archive Footage
Peter Gilbert
Peter Gilbert

Regular TV appearances

1. ABC World News

Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Languages Regular cast
American Broadcasting Company
1978 1983 1953 10 English, American English


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