Herb Robinson, a well-respected journalist and author, died on Oct. 15 from pancreatic cancer. He was 78.
Robinson was studying journalism at the University of Washington when World War II began. He joined the Army in 1943 and attended officer candidate school before getting shipped off to Burma to serve as a combat platoon leader. When he returned to the states, Robinson completed his degree and entered the media business.
From 1953 to 1965, Robinson worked as a news director, anchor and commentator for KOMO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Seattle. He hosted his own public service show and was honored by the Washington State School Directors Association for his efforts to improve the public’s understanding of local education.
In 1977, Robinson became the editorial page editor of The Seattle Times, a position he held for 12 years. The veteran journalist also wrote fiction; his last novel was the dark comedy, “Kennewick Man.”
To honor him, the Washington News Council has established the Herb Robinson Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is planning a career in communications.