Eugene Robinson is a columnist and associate editor of The Washington Post and a commentator for MSNBC. His twice-weekly column on The Post’s op-ed page was launched in February 2005, and within a year it was being syndicated to more than 130 newspapers — making it, by far, the fastest-growing column in the history of the Washington Post Writers Group.
He is a regular commentator on NBC’s award-winning “Meet the Press” and also appears frequently on MSNBC, CNN, and other media outlets. In 2009, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary — honoured for columns he wrote about the presidential campaign and the election of President Barack Obama.
Robinson joined The Washington Post in 1980 after leaving the San Francisco Chronicle and has worked as city hall reporter, city editor, South America correspondent, London bureau chief, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor before taking his current role. In 2010, Robinson was honoured by being elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board. He also serves on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation. He has received numerous journalism awards, and in 2011 was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.
Robinson is the author of three books: Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race, Last Dance in Havana, and Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America. Robinson was born and raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He and his wife live in Arlington, Virginia; they have two adult sons, Aaron and Lowell.