Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Happy birthday, Max Robinson!

The late newsman Max Robinson made history by becoming the first African-American to anchor a national newscast in 1978 when ABC World News Tonight unveiled a 3-anchor format in the wake of the failed Harry Reasoner/Barbara Walters pairing. Robinson was in Chicago, with Frank Reynolds in D.C. and Peter Jennings in London.

Sadly, Robinson had a troubled tenure at ABC and died at 49 from AIDS. Let's check him out in his prime, talking election coverage, the Ford Pinto, and more in this 1978 News Brief (Plus a mid-break appearance by Norm Crosby pitching Natural Light):

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