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Downtown Lunch Presentation on Spirituality

Loyola press release - March 31, 2017

The Spirituality in the City series continues at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 at the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, 130 Baronne St., with Norman Robinson, former anchor for WDSU-TV New Orleans. Recipient of many journalism awards, Robinson is also a former reporter for CBS Network News in New York and Washington, D.C., and Deacon, Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ. He will speak on “Who are you? And How Does that Influence Your Humanity?” The event lasts from 12:30 p.m. -1:15 p.m. and includes a simple lunch from 12:15 p.m. All are welcome. Admission is free. For more information, please see www.loyno.edu/lplc/downtown.

This is the series’ eighth year. People of all faiths (or none at all) are warmly invited to this annual interfaith series that promotes dialogue, mutual understanding, and collaboration on topics of spirituality. On first Tuesdays, local leaders initiate conversations about their spiritual traditions and address the theme, “Spirituality in the City.” The series is sponsored by the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Holy Name of Jesus Church, the Loyola Institute for Ministry, and the Catholic Book Store.

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 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. 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, Robinson 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, Robinson 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.

Robinson 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.”

Robinson has certificates and 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.

Robinson’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, school, churches and charity fundraising events. 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.

Robinson is a husband, father, and grandfather.