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Alan Robinson

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by nietsroob17, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. nietsroob17

    nietsroob17 Well-Known Member

    Pardon if I missed something, but what happened with Alan Robinson in the Pittsburgh AP bureau? I've been seeing stringer bylines and Chris Adamski on the Steelers stories this week, and today it's Barry Wilner and Genaro Armas.

    Last time I saw Robinson's name was a Penguins game Tuesday night. Not sure if he had a pre-arranged vacation, or he quit, or there's some other backstory, but I figure the AFC title game is something he wouldn't want to miss, nor the AP want him to miss.
  2. Mike Nadel

    Mike Nadel Member

    I heard he quit in a huff. He had threatened to quit many times over the years -- including once back in my AP days while working the '91 Stanley Cup Finals with me -- but this time the company took him up on it.

    I'm sure some AP and/or Pittsburgh types will give more details. That's all I've got.
  3. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    As recently as two weeks ago he was one of the guys Bob Ley was Interviewing on Outside the Lines on the Pitt football head coach situation.
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Job posted.

  5. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    A very reliable Pipeline Practioner has sent this along:

    Robinson resigned in a huff after the Ravens/Steelers game. He filled his story with a lead that the NY Sports Desk didn't like. They demanded he rewrite his lead. He refused and left the press box without filing his final story. He turned in his resignation letter and it was accepted on the following Monday.

    He pulled the exact same stunt after the Olympic gold medal game but they begged him to come back and he did.
  6. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Is he old enough to retire? Close? I don't think I know the guy, but I know he covered the Pittsburgh drug trials and that was '85, so he's been around a while.

    If he's not old enough to walk away free and clear, it's not the smartest thing to let a pissing contest with the desk escalate into quitting a job in this market.
  7. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse Member

    It's possible he overestimated his value.
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Guessing it wasn't his first pissing contest with them and they probably just tired of it all. Pure speculation, of course.
  9. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Isn't that all of us who try to get raise and don't get it. I'm betting Oprah thought her network would have more viewers than it does.
  10. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Has no idea what you are talking about:

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  11. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I guess his SAR (stories above replacement writer) wasn't up to snuff.
  12. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse Member

    It is, but you also have to be prepared for the boss to call your bluff. I just hope he had a Plan B in mind when he walked.
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