Angela Y. Robinson ’78
Angela Y. Robinson ’78, is a firm believer in giving back, especially when it comes to Syracuse University. A television and radio graduate of the Newhouse School, Robinson established the Angela Y. Robinson Endowed Student Scholarship Fund, is a member of the Newhouse Advisory Board, and serves on the University’s Atlanta Regional Council. “Throughout my SU experience, someone took time out to help me,” she says. “Giving back—helping someone else—is what I am supposed to do. It is my responsibility!”
President and chief executive officer of A.R.C. Media, LLC, a full-service media company, she recently launched a new company specializing in sports media education. Robinson is also host and executive producer of the award-winning news and public affairs talk show, IN CONTACT. Produced by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, the show airs on PBS station WPBA. It is Atlanta’s only news and public affairs talk show covering topics from an African American perspective.
Robinson works closely with several Atlanta-area high schools that have enhanced communications curricula, and makes it a point to promote Syracuse University to students interested in a career in journalism. “I’ve always tried to have an impact on the students in the Atlanta area to broaden their college horizons and consider attending Syracuse University,” she says. “I am constantly steering those students to Newhouse and Syracuse University. It’s a great opportunity for the students, and for SU to embrace exceptional African American students from Atlanta, as they bring a special culture, history, and perspective to the University.”
She mentions with pride her involvement with the Coming Back Together reunions for African American and Latino alumni, and the Our Time Has Come Scholarship. “They are so close to my heart,” she says.
During her career, Robinson has served as primary news anchor for the Atlanta NBC affiliate, playing a key role in coverage of the Olympic Park bombing, the Atlanta abortion clinic bombing, the Super Bowl, and the World Series. She spent 10 years at WTTG, FOX Television’s award-winning newscast in Washington, D.C., as a reporter, talk show host, and primary news anchor.
Among her many honors are Southern Regional Emmy Awards, awards from The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ) for news and sports reporting, and for her work with IN CONTACT. NABJ inducted Robinson into its Regional Hall of Fame, and AABJ has honored her as a Pioneer Black Journalist. She was presented with a Torchbearer Award by civil rights legend C.T. Vivian’s Leadership Institute, and was a Visiting Professional Professor at Eastern Illinois University.
Robinson notes that the Newhouse “brand” and the networking among Newhouse alumni have played a significant part in her success. “One of the most rewarding things about Syracuse University is all the great people I met during my college years and beyond,” she says. “I have made lifelong friends and cherish that most of all.”
Providing future students with the opportunity to attend Syracuse University is important to Robinson. “It’s all about giving back, however that looks, ” she says. “Time, talent, or tithe! By helping prepare the way for future generations, we stand a great chance of getting the very best from all of us.”