Veteran Fox 9 news anchor Robyne Robinson made some news of her own last night, telling viewers that she's leaving the broadcast biz May 26 to build on her burgeoning reputation as a jewelry designer for clients including Beyonce Knowles (interview here), Madonna, Nicollette Sheridan and Paula Abdul.
Her announcement caps a 20-year stint with the station, 14 of which have been spent alongside Jeff Passolt as the longest-working anchor team in the Twin Cities. And it comes less than 24 hours before WCCO's Don Shelby will tell his viewers about his own retirement plans.
During her career in the Twin Cities, Robinson has racked up all manner of professional recognition, including the Minneapolis NAACP Television Industry Award for Outstanding Contributions to Broadcasting; the 2005 Upper Midwest Emmy for Best Anchor; numerous Associated Press and Minnesota Broadcasters' Association award; the St. Paul Companies' Pan-African Council Legacy Award and the Media Allies Award by the Minnesota Council of Non-Profits.
Outside of the newsroom, she's been named a Hubert H. Humphrey Public Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota, a Humanitarian of the Year by Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and praised for by the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota for her involvement in creating awareness about the disease she's lived with for over 20 years.
Robinson's last day at the station is May 26. After that, she plans to split her time between Minneapolis and Santa Fe, and grow her business, ROX Minneapolis.