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Retired News Anchor Norman Robinson to Speak at Southern Miss Gulf Park

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The University of Southern Mississippi will host New Orleans broadcast journalist Norman Robinson to speak at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Thursday, April 6.

Best known as the former prime-time news anchor on WDSU-TV, Robinson will present a formal lecture titled “Who are You, and How Does that Influence Your Thoughts and Actions?” at 12:15 p.m. in the Hardy Hall Ballroom on the Gulf Park campus. A meet and greet will be held at 11:45 a.m. prior to the lecture. Refreshments will be served.

“For decades, Mr. Robinson was both the face and the voice of the news in New Orleans, and his influence spilled over to the Gulf Coast, where many saw him as the evening anchor for WDSU-TV,” said Dr. Allan Eickelmann, USM instructor of interdisciplinary studies. “I’m positive he will be an excellent speaker.”  

With a career in broadcast journalism spanning more than 40 years, Robinson spent 38 years on the air in New Orleans, with 24 of those years anchoring nightly newscasts on WDSU-TV before retirement. Prior to his arrival in the Crescent City, Robinson worked for broadcast outlets in California, New York City, Mobile and Washington, D.C., where he served as a CBS News correspondent and member of the White House Press Corps.

Robinson has received numerous awards for his coverage on crimes, politics, tragedies and humor-related events, such as the Neiman Fellowship Award to Harvard University; the Edward R. Murrow Award for his contribution to the documentary, Chronicle: Children of Katrina; and the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also been awarded the Louisiana Society of Broadcasters’ “Golden Mic” Award and the New Orleans Press Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

During his spare time, Robinson donates countless hours speaking at events, schools, churches and charitable events. He is involved in organizations such as the Rotary Club, Silverback Society, the Unity of Greater New Orleans, and the Environmental and Carpenter Apprentice Program in New Orleans. He is also a member of the nationally recognized New Orleans Concert Band, where he has played the Euphonium for the past 25 years.

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Letters on the Gulf Park campus at 228.214.3245.