First Black Anchor in Minneapolis To Run for Lieutenant Governor

Twin Cities anchor Robyne Robinson ended 20 years at the local Fox station Wednesday as a prospective candidate for lieutenant governor, with critics questioning the ethics of how she and the station handled that prospect.

Robyne Robinson and Matt Entenza
Robyne Robinson and Matt Entenza


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Entenza picked Robyne Robinson, who left her anchor post at Fox 9 Wednesday, to run on his ticket,” the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported on Thursday.

“The pick, announced in person on the Minnesota Capitol steps a few minutes after Entenza announced it on Twitter, ended a week’s worth of speculation fueled by Robinson’s confirmation that she had been asked to run with him,” Rachel E. Stassen-Berger wrote.

” ‘It’s my distinct pleasure to announce Robyne Robinson @robynempls as my choice for lieutenant governor! Please welcome her aboard,’ Entenza’s staff announced on his Twitter account.”

Robinson, the first African American anchor in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, said her goodbye to viewers Wednesday night after she had already confirmed that she might be picked as a candidate, and amid criticism questioning the ethics of how she and the station handled that prospect.

“On her last 5 p.m. newscast, she read a poll about the Minnesota governor’s race, which included the candidate whose ticket she was about to join. The next thing on the air was an Entenza ad,” the Star Tribune noted.

“She and her station say there’s no conflict of interest until she officially announces she’s a candidate. Bull,” Neal Justin had written Wednesday in his Star Tribune blog. “The minute she said openly that she’d think about it should have been the minute Fox officials thanked her for her service and showed her the door.”

Thursday’s Star Tribune story continued, “In a news release from the Entenza campaign, Robinson said: ‘Whether it’s his vision for the clean energy economy, his dedication to reinvesting in schools, or his commitment to civil rights, Matt has spent his career standing up for Minnesota families. I am humbled and honored that he asked me to join his campaign. I look forward to traveling the state over the next months on the campaign trail and then getting to work making Matt’s bold vision a reality.’

“The mere possibility of an Entenza-Robinson ticket generated more heat for Entenza’s campaign than he’d been able to produce on his own, despite his year long campaign and his first-in-the-race television ad presence. While Fox 9 isn’t seen in every corner of the state, she has fans all over and adds star power to his campaign.