Robinson had been a finalist for The Washington Post's managing editor position last fall, but instead was named associate editor and a twice-weekly columnist at the paper effective Jan. 1.
In a 25-year career at the Post, he has been a city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the Style section. Robinson -- who has written books about race in Brazil and music in Cuba -- began his award-winning journalism career as a San Francisco Chronicle reporter.
Robinson was born and raised in Orangeburg, S.C., where he was one of the few black students at the previously all-white high school. He then attended the University of Michigan, where he became the first black student to be named co-editor-in-chief of The Michigan Daily.
By: E&P Staff Eugene Robinson's op-ed column will enter syndication March 14 with the Washington Post Writers Group.