Reporter Louis Robinson, helped Sidney Poitier, Arthur Ashe write books, dead at 88


NABJ-Chicago mourns the death of trailblazing journalist Louie Robinson. father of longtime Chicago TV anchor Robin Robinson, who died of heart failure on Oct. 2 at the age of 88.

When actor Sidney Poitier and tennis great Arthur Ashe wanted to write books, they sought Mr. Robinson’s help. “Never in my life have I known a better man,” Poitier said.

When Elvis Presley was rumored to have uttered a racist remark, Jet magazine sent Mr. Robinson to see him on the set of “Jailhouse Rock.” He got him to open up, investigated and deemed the chatter false — a finding cited nearly half a century later by the rumor-debunking website

During a 30-year career with Ebony, Jet and Negro Digest magazines, Mr. Robinson wrote about the Watts riots and trailblazing African-American engineers, surgeons, sports figures, pilots and politicians.

Read the Chicago Sun-Times obit on Mr. Robinson here:

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