Walter V. Robinson is Editor At Large at the Boston Globe, where his high impact stories about local, national and international events have graced the front page since 1972. He is also the Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and Journalist in Residence at Northeastern University.
Robinson led the Boston Globe Spotlight Team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its investigation of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests.
The Spotlight Team’s groundbreaking investigation exposed a decades-long cover-up that, in Boston alone, shielded the crimes of nearly 250 priests. Sixteen years later, the team’s work continues to spark similar disclosures across the country and around the world. Spotlight’s investigation was made into the the 2015 Academy Award-winning film, “Spotlight,” starring Michael Keaton as Robinson.
After leading the investigative team for seven years, he left the Globe in 2006 for seven years to be Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University. In 2014, he returned to the newspaper.
In the mid-1970s Robinson covered politics and government for the Globe, and went on to cover the White House during the Reagan and first Bush Administrations. He covered the presidential election in 1984 and was the newspaper’s lead reporter for presidential elections in 1988 and 1992. In 2000, he did investigative reporting on that year’s candidates.
In 1990 and 1991, Robinson was the paper’s Middle East Bureau chief during the first Persian Gulf War. In 1992, Robinson became the Globe’s city editor, and then for three years the metro editor. In the late 1990s, he was the Globe’s roving foreign and national correspondent, and spent much of that time reporting on artworks looted by the Nazis during World War II that ended up in American museums; and the illicit international trade in looted antiquities. For his reporting on the illicit trade in antiquities, the Archaeological Institute of America in 1999 gave Robinson its first-ever outstanding public service award.
As a Northeastern journalism professor, Robinson and his investigative reporting students produced 26 Page One investigative stories for The Boston Globe.
Before joining the Globe in 1972, he served four years in the U.S. Army, including a year in Vietnam as an intelligence officer with the First Cavalry Division.
Robinson is a 1974 graduate of Northeastern University. He has been awarded honorary degrees by Northeastern and Emerson College. He has been a journalism fellow at Stanford University. Robinson is co-author of the 2002 book, “Betrayal: Crisis in the Catholic Church.”