The Post-StandardRosemary Robinson was a pioneer in Syracuse journalism, becoming the first woman city editor of The Post-Standard and later the newspaper’s first female managing editor.
But she was more than that to the editors, reporters and columnists who worked for her. It was her news sense, fine touch in editing stories and compassion for her staff that set her apart.
"She saw human beings as human beings, and always expected us to cover them that way,’’ columnist Sean Kirst wrote this year when Robinson retired after more than 30 years in the business. Kirst recalled other editors frowning on a column he wrote early in his career because he used an intensely personal style in writing about a child’s abduction and murder. Robinson fought for it.
"It was her intervention that got it into the paper, and the intense response of my readers opened the door for me to continue writing that kind of column," Kirst wrote. "In that sense, she elevated my craft and my career.’’
Robinson, 56, of Liverpool, met her husband Bill through journalism. He was a features editor at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and she was a regional reporter, then copy editor and night city editor there. They moved to the Syracuse Newspapers in 1981.
In Syracuse, Rosemary was night city editor, city editor, regional editor, staff development editor, and in 1993, became The Post Standard's managing editor.
She humbly credits her groundbreaking promotion to the atmosphere at the time. Newspapers were seeking to make their newsrooms more balanced, she said.
"I quite honestly didn’t necessarily seek it out," Robinson said. "They asked if I’d do it. I agreed, but I do like staying behind the scenes."
Those who worked with her say she earned it. She was twice honored with for her work. In 1996, she was named that year’s "Outstanding Communicator" by the Central New York Chapter of Women in Communications. Robinson was chosen for the award because of "continued professional excellence" in the communications field and because she used her skills to benefit the community, the organization said.
In 1999, she won a "Spirit of American Women" award from Girls Inc.
Rosemary and her husband Bill have two daughters and a son
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