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Robin Young

Co-Host, Here & Now, WBUR

Robin Young brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS, and ABC television and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for “The Today Show.”

Robin has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable’s Ace award, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio’s regional Edward R. Murrow award.

As an independent documentary filmmaker, she produced and directed the opening film for Marion Wright Edelman’s White House Conference on Children and followed the rise of then unknown filmmaker John Singleton in the film “Straight From the Hood.”

Her documentary “The Los Altos Story,” made in association with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, Calif., won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and is now the backbone of a worldwide HIV/AIDS awareness initiative.

She has had an eclectic career in broadcasting, serving as second director on Boston Bruins and Red Sox telecasts, was one of the first hosts on the groundbreaking television show “Evening Magazine,” and she’s pretty sure she’s the only Peabody Award-winner who has also hosted a cooking game show! (Yes, that was Robin on the Food Channel’s “Ready Set Cook!” When they cast their vegetables and vote? That was Robin’s idea!)

Robin was born on New York’s Long Island, attended Ithaca College in upstate New York and has lived and worked in Manhattan, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, but Boston is her hub.

Recent stories

‘Left Shoe Trick’ Could Prevent Hot Car Deaths

July 04, 2014
13 children have died after being trapped in hot cars and succumbing to the heat. A tip from USA Today: put your left shoe in the backseat when you load up the car with your child. (Steve Karsch/Flickr)

13 children have died after being left in hot cars this year. USA Today offers busy parents a trick to prevent a tragic memory lapse.

Marine Corps Vet Finally Opens His Own Business

January 24, 2014
Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits, a combination coffee shop and bar, opens tomorrow. (Facebook)

We first met Matt Victoriano in 2012. He was struggling with PTSD and also struggling to open his own business. The day before his coffee shop/bar opens, we pay him a visit.

Hope Chests Still Pose A Danger, Despite Recall

January 14, 2014
Lane Furniture recalled its cedar chests made between 1912 and 1987, after several children became trapped inside them and died. But cedar chests with exterior-only locks are still relatively common. (Roadsidepictures/Flickr)

After the deaths of two children who accidentally locked themselves in a hope chest while playing on Sunday, host Robin Young says she broke the lock off her grandmother’s hope chest.

Robin Young On Michael Bay’s Teleprompter Fail

January 07, 2014
Michael Bay teleprompter fail

Film director Michael Bay’s onstage meltdown at the Consumer Electronics Show reminded co-host Robin Young of a similar experience she had on The Today Show.

Cats And Lilies Should Never Cross Paths

August 06, 2013
Here & Now co-host Robin Young's cats are pictured last night at Angell Animal Medical Center.  (Robin Young/Twitter)

Even brushing up against an Easter lilly’s dust can make a cat sick — and Here & Now co-host Robin Young found one of her own cats happily chewing on one.

Robin Young’s Thoughts On Last Day Hosting Solo

June 24, 2013
Here & Now host Robin Young. (Here & Now)

Here & Now host Robin Young shares her thoughts and gratitude on her last day hosting the program alone. Here & Now expands to a two-hour show on July 1, and Jeremy Hobson starts co-hosting June 25.

Robin Responds To Questions After Becoming Part Of Story

April 22, 2013
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (left) and Here & Now host Robin Young's nephew are pictured in a Cambridge Rindge and Latin graduation photo. Tsarnaev has been identified as the surviving suspect in the marathon bombings. (Courtesy: Robin Young)

Here & Now host Robin Young reflects on our coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt and the reaction to her interview with her nephew, Zolan, who knew one of the alleged bombers.

Robin Essay: Boston Marathon Bombings

April 16, 2013
Here & Now's Robin Young recalls cheering on Bill Rodgers of the Greater Boston Track Club as he approached the finish line to win the Boston Marathon on April 21, 1975. (AP)

Here & Now host Robin Young shares her thoughts on the bombing at the Boston Marathon, and recalls the wonderful experiences of Patriots’ Days of years past.

Robin Essay: ‘A Little Child Shall Lead Them’

December 17, 2012

What was supposed to be a solemn moment in church, was wonderfully noisy thanks to some pint-sized helpers, who gave everyone a moment to reflect in the wake of Friday’s tragedy.

Robin Essay: Fatal Bike Crash Hits Home

December 07, 2012
A ghost bike was set up Monday morning at the scene of last week's fatal accident. (Kathleen McKenna, Here & Now)

There’s now a “ghost bike” at the intersection of last week’s fatal bike accident that happened right outside our studios. Robin Young shares an essay.

Bullying Case Warrants Jail Time, Says South Hadley Parent

March 30, 2010

BOSTON — Nine students were charged Monday in conjunction with the bullying of South Hadley’s Phoebe Prince. One South Hadley parent, speaking on Here & Now Tuesday, thought the charges should have been harsher.

Mass. Aid Group Sets Up Field Hospital In Haiti

January 13, 2010
People gather at a makeshift shelter the day after an earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday.  (AP)

Three million people. One-third of Haiti’s population. That’s roughly the number of Haitians that the Boston-based nonprofit aid organization Partners In Health helped to provide with health care coverage. Now, that’s how many Haitians may require emergency aid from groups like Partners after the impoverished island nation was rocked by the worst earthquake in more […]

Not All Stories About Athletes End Badly

December 18, 2009

BOSTON — Robin Young has been hearing from a lot of listeners about Here & Now’s coverage of the Tiger Woods scandal. Some of whom say: “What about good stories about athletes?” Well, since they brought it up…

Foxborough Principal Defends Breathalyzers In School

October 19, 2009

School officials in Foxborough are voting Monday on a new plan to battle underage drinking. The plan to use breathalyzers on students not only during extra-curricular activities, but also during regular school days is being considered after 12 reported incidents of underage drinking last year.

After 50 Years, ‘The Twilight Zone’ Still Knows What Scares Us

October 02, 2009

On the 50-year anniversary of the debut of “The Twilight Zone,” a remembrance of a show that captured America’s biggest fears — body-snatching space aliens, soul-sapping corporate America, and Communists. The show’s universal themes have a way of staying with us.

For Scientists, HIV Vaccine Is Proof That Infection Rate Can Be Reduced

September 24, 2009

Dr. Tim Johnson of ABC News tells “Here & Now” that the new HIV vaccine isn’t ready to be used in treatment, but it’s an important sign to researchers who thought a vaccine would never be successful.

Krugman, On Why Reappointing Bernanke Was The Right Move

August 25, 2009

President Obama took a break Tuesday from his vacation on the Vineyard to say he thought Ben Bernanke should keep his job, praising the Republican Federal Reserve Chairman’s “bold and out-of-the-box thinking.” Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says Obama did the right thing in reappointing Bernanke.

Robin Young: McCartney Performs Like It Was Yesterday

August 06, 2009

You can still learn a thing or two from Paul McCartney.

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