Norman Robinson has been a part of the journalistic landscape in New Orleans since 1976. In June of 2014 he began a well deserved retirement, after 38 years on television in the Crescent City. He spent the past 24 years anchoring the 6pm & 10pm newscasts at the NBC affiliate, WDSU-TV. He also served as the moderator of WDSU’s award winning Hot Seat broadcast, which has held politicians and policy makers accountable since Hurricane Katrina.
In addition to New Orleans, Norman has worked for broadcast outlets in Southern California, Mobile, New York City and Washington, D.C. where he was a member of the White House Press Corps as a Correspondent for CBS News.
His awards are numerous: covering crime, politics, tragedy and humor. The most coveted: The prestigious Nieman Fellowship award to Harvard University, where he served as a member of the Nieman Fellowship advisory board. Recently, Norman served as a contributing correspondent on the documentary, “Chronicle: Children of Katrina,” which won an Edward R. Murrow Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Norman is also a past winner of the Louisiana Association of Broadcaster’s “Golden Mic” award and the New Orleans Press Club’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Norman holds certificates of recognition from the U.S. Naval School of Music, The Columbia School of Broadcasting and Harvard University. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans.
Norman’s military service to his country includes a four year tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps, where he was a sergeant in The U.S. Marine Corps field Bands at Parris Island, Camp Pendleton and the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
He donates countless hours – speaking at events, schools, churches and charity fundraisers. Norman is a member of the Rotary Club, a Silverback Society mentor, a Unity of Greater New Orleans board member, and an advisory board member for the Environmental and Carpenter Apprentice Program, to name a few. He is also a member of the nationally recognized New Orleans Concert Band, where he has played the Euphonium (baritone horn) for the past 25 years.
Norman is a husband, father, and grandfather.