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Max Robinson

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson

Profession: 1st African-American Network TV Anchor

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: The first African-American broadcast network news anchor in the United States when he became a co-anchor of ABC News World News Tonight.

Robinson was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and one of the first television journalists to die of AIDS.

Born: May 1, 1939
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: December 20, 1988 (aged 49)
Cause of Death: AIDS

Events in the Life of Max Robinson

  • 1978-07-10 World News Tonight premieres on ABC with Max Robinson the first black anchor on a network newscast in the US

Famous People who Died of HIV/AIDS