Max Robinson tragically passes away

December 20

On December 20, 1988, Max Robinson tragically passed away at the age of 49. 

Max Robinson paved the way for black news anchors and journalists to come. He was the first black network news anchor. Robinson gained higher education from Oberlin College and Virginia Union University before starting a career in journalism. 

In 1978, Robinson became a co-anchor on ABC Chicago’s “World News Tonight.” He made history as the first black network news anchor. 

Robinson tragically passed away in 1988 at the age of 49.


Sources

Associated Press. (1988, December 21). Former ABC News Anchorman dies of AIDS complications. AP NEWS. Retrieved December 1, 2022, from https://apnews.com/article/19177c81a0f68b06902d33bceb090820

Barnes, B. (1988, December 21). Pioneering anchorman Max Robinson Dies. The Washington Post. Retrieved December 1, 2022, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1988/12/21/pioneering-anchorman-max-robinson-dies/12576e26-e450-40cf-8696-795c81fa342d/

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