Robin Smith of KMOV 4 retires after 42 years in broadcast journalism | Local News
Veteran news anchor Robin Smith will air at 10 a.m. for Great Day St. Louis on Friday, July 31, and then present her latest noon newscast on KMOV 4 in St. Louis. Smith is retiring after 42 years on local television news.
She started working for News 4 when it was a station owned and operated by CBS. Previously, she worked for KTVI-TV-ABC in St. Louis, where she anchored, reported and produced several feature films, documentaries and participated in investigative reporting.
Smith also worked at KSDK-TV-NBC, where at 19 she was the youngest known member of all on-air news television staff in St. Louis.
âIt’s a composite of 42 years of being blessed with citizens in the bi-state region, telling their stories and giving them a voice,â Smith said. “This is what stands out most about the privilege of being the messenger: being allowed to share their intimate moments with viewers and they give you the confidence to tell everyone their information accurately and fairly.”
Also on Friday, Smith will appear as a guest on the 6 p.m. TV news for the station’s farewell.
She said a number of factors contributed to her decision to retire, including discussions with her husband, Isaac “Bud” Stallworth of NBA fame.
âMy husband and I talked about where we want to be, where we see our life and the opportunities that might arise for us, so we decided that maybe now was a good time to consider. other options, âSmith explained.
Smith graduated from Northwest High School and then attended Lindenwood University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in dual specialization in communication arts and psychology. She received her graduate degree – an EMIB, or Executive Masters International Business – from the School of Business and Administration at the University of Saint Louis.
Smith has garnered extensive peer recognition, Emmy Awards for Reporting and News Presenter, and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Reporting.
âCountless viewers have literally grown up trusting Robin’s honesty, integrity and experience as she introduced you to the history of the St. Louis area,â Mike said. Murphy, vice president and general manager of KMOV 4. âWe will miss her., And we look forward to having a big party on Friday.
Smith’s retirement comes on top of several upcoming and recent departures of African Americans from the St. Louis television news scene. This includes Julian Johnson, Sharon Reed and Brittany Noble-Jones (KMOV); Anthony Kiekow and Lakisha Jackson (KTVI Fox2); and weather presenter Chester Lampkin of KSDK channel 5.
Smith loves her hometown of St. Louis, and she and her husband will continue to make the St. Louis area their family home.
âWe have three grandchildren; I have two brothers, two sisters-in-law, two nieces and a nephew; and we have a great time with the family, âshe said.
Smith said she also plans to stay active with as many community organizations as possible. âI hope to continue my charitable activity in the Saint-Louis metropolitan area,â she said.
She has dedicated her time and talent to Crisis Nursery, Forest Park Forever, St. Louis effort for AIDS, and the National Association of Black Journalists, to name a few.
âI really want to thank all viewers in the dual state region for the trust and positive energy they have sent me over four decades, and I am honored to remain worthy of all the love they have shown me. ‘have given over the years, “Smith said.” It’s really appreciated and heartfelt. “
This positive energy continued to prevail after the announcement of his retirement. An article on The St. Louis American’s FaceBook page received hundreds of positive comments and shares.
âRobin Smith at noon won’t bloom anymore,â commented Maurice Cribbs, âbut his everyday smile will stay in my brain! “
“I’ve been watching you since I was a little girl,” commented Toni Bratcher. “Always impressed with your professionalism.”
âShe was the only black woman with swag on TV and she wore this bun for years,â commented Sutikya Nicole Bersig. “You will miss your smiling face, Robin.”
As for the next chapter in his life – those âother optionsâ – Smith is keeping his own news silent, at least for now. Stay tuned.