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November 2016 Bar Bulletin

Eugene Robinson To Keynote MLK Luncheon

By Karen Murray


The King County Bar Association is excited to announce that Eugene Harold Robinson, Washington Post columnist and 2009 Pulitzer Prize recipient, will be its guest speaker for the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon in January.

Robinson started his journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle where he was given the prime assignment of covering the trial of kidnapped publishing heiress Patty Hearst. After four years, he moved across country and joined the Washington Post where he took advantage of every opportunity to work his way from city hall reporter to assistant city editor to foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London. More recently he has served as assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s award-winning Style section.

Although his duties as Style editor took him into a totally different journalistic terrain, Robinson never lost sight of his need to write on current issues. So, in 2005 he began writing columns for the opinion page, which he continues to do to this day.

Because he caught the attention of many readers and news media executives, Robinson was sought after by MSNBC to become a regular political analyst on several of its programs, including “Morning Joe,” “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Ed Show,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” In addition, he is often a panelist on NBC’s public affairs program “Meet the Press.”

In addition to his journalism and commentary duties, Robinson is a published author of several books: Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race; Last Dance in Havana: The Final Days of Fidel and the Start of the New Cuban Revolution; and Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America.

On behalf of KCBA’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and the King County Bar Association, please mark your calendars and join us for this incredible event on January 13 at the Washington State Convention Center from noon to 1:15 p.m.

With the upcoming presidential race and the continuing racial discord throughout our country as a backdrop to Robinson’s appearance, the celebration of Dr. King’s legacy could not be timelier.


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