Soon after Channel 3 named Romona Robinson the lone anchor of its weeknight newscasts, we talked to the beloved broadcaster about what the move means for her, the station's viewers and the future of the city’s TV news landscape.
Romona Robinson had known for weeks that her co-anchor, Tim White, would be leaving Channel 3 when his contract expired. But there was a twist to the NBC affiliate's December personnel shuffle that surprised her: She was going to be the sole anchor of the station's nightly newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m.
Sure, she had started her career by replacing a lone male anchor at KRCG in Jefferson City, Mo., and she'd done the news alone while co-anchors had been on vacation. But when the Channel 3 cameras focused on Robinson the evening of Dec. 15, 2008, she became the first woman to solo-anchor a weeknight newscast in Cleveland since the legendary Dorothy Fuldheim hosted a news-and-commentary show in the '50s.
Just hours before Robinson stepped into her new role, we talked to her about working with Tim White for the better part of the past decade, the changing face of TV news and her biggest concern about sitting behind the desk alone.