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Robinson Receives Arents Award

Arents AwardAtlanta’s own Angela Y. Robinson ’78 was among three distinguished alumni honored by Syracuse University during Orange Central Weekend, October 9-12, 2014.

Robinson, along with Richard M. Jones ’92, G’95, L’95 and Donald Schupak ’64, L’66 received the George Arents Award, the University’s highest alumni honor. The award recognizes alumni who are pioneers and leaders in their fields. Jones was honored for excellence in financial law; Robinson for excellence in broadcasting; and Schupak for excellence in entrepreneurship.

An Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, Robinson is host and executive producer of the award-winning program “IN CONTACT,” Atlanta’s only news and public affairs talk show covering topics from an African American perspective. Robinson is also a partner in R&W Media Group, specializing in sports media education.

From 1994-1997 Robinson was primary news anchor for the Atlanta NBC affiliate, covering such stories as the 1996 Olympic torch run and games, the Olympic Park and abortion clinic bombings in Atlanta, the Super Bowl and the World Series. Her duties also included serving as public affairs talk show host.

Prior to work in Atlanta, Robinson 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. There she covered local and national news stories and major sporting events, earning several Outstanding Awards of Excellence for her reporting and anchoring. From 1978 to 1983 Robinson worked as an editor and general assignment reporter for Atlanta’s CBS affiliate, where she played a key role in coverage of the city’s missing and murdered children.

Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in television and radio from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and she has supported the University in countless ways. She established the Angela Y. Robinson Endowed Student Scholarship Fund, and serves on the Newhouse School Advisory Board and the University’s Atlanta Regional Council. Robinson was awarded the 1995 Chancellor’s Citation for Distinguished Achievement in Journalism, and in 2012 Syracuse University honored her with an Orange Circle Award, recognizing her deep responsibility for extraordinary philanthropic acts. Robinson is also a Telly Award winner, honoring her work in video production with Syracuse University.

Beyond her Syracuse University honors, Robinson has received multiple Emmy Awards. The National Association of Black Journalists inducted her into its Regional Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists honored her as a Pioneer Black Journalist in 2007. In 2002, she received a Biography Community Heroes Award from Biography and A&E Television Network, and in 2005 the Rainbow Push Coalition named her Journalist of the Year.

Robinson has been honored as one of Atlanta’s top 100 Black Women of Influence, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, and has received the Absolute Africa Award for her contributions to the African American community. She is a 2009 Torchbearer recipient, presented by the Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute, a nonprofit organization founded by the civil rights icon.