After They Walk: Eugene Robinson, the man with the pen (borrowed from The Michigan Daily)

Courtesy of Steve Kagan
Robinson in front of Pulitzer Winners' plaque at The Michigan Daily

By Jillian Berman
Managing News Editor On March 29th, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. — University alum Eugene Robinson’s house was bustling on a humid afternoon late last summer. His nephew was relaxing on the couch, while his wife, Avis, and a friend were chatting and working in the kitchen. Like most in the Washington area in August, the household was preparing for a vacation.

But unlike many Northern Virginia residents, Robinson was also preparing for a television appearance. Later that evening, Robinson would be criticizing Sarah Palin’s approach to health care reform as a guest on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”

Robinson, a regular guest on “Countdown,” is also a twice-weekly columnist for The Washington Post. He’s addressed a wide range of topics – from the recently passed health care bill to racial profiling. But Robinson wrote one set of columns that got him more attention than usual — his coverage of the 2008 presidential election for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s most prestigious award.

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