"We're thrilled that Jackie will take the time to emcee our fourth Oswego County Forty Under 40," said Wagner Dotto, publisher of Oswego County Business Magazine, which is organizing the event. "She is a great professional with deep roots in Central New York. We're honored that she accepted our invitation to come to Oswego."
Robinson retired in September from a long career in television, all of it spent at WSTM-Channel 3.
Late last year, Robinson was inducted to the New York State Hall of Fame Association. With this induction, Robinson is in the same company as Regis Philbin, Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters, Don Imus and local colleagues Carrie Lazarus and Rod Wood.
"I never dreamed I'd get into the Hall of Fame," Robinson said in an interview with 55 PLUS magazine. "I hope I paved the way for others to follow in my footsteps. I feel blessed."
According to a profile posted on the Syracuse Press Club website, Robinson grew up in North Syracuse and joined WSYR-TV's (now WSTM-TV) news staff in 1978 as a general assignment reporter upon her graduation from Syracuse University's Newhouse School. In less than seven years, she became the station's first black female anchor, the accomplishment noted in Jet Magazine, comparing her to another Jackie Robinson for breaking the color barrier.
Robinson, who lives in Manlius, has a career filled with many accomplishments and honors — in television news and in her efforts on behalf of schools and other community organizations.
Among her honors: the New York State Governor's Award for African-Americans of Distinction; the Spirit of American Women Award given by Girls Inc. to role models; she was the 1991 Post-Standard Woman of Achievement in Communications; she won the Women in Communications' Community Leader of the Year Award in 1990; was named the "Best Local News Personality" by the Syracuse New Times in 2000.
In 1995, Jackie received the Syracuse University Chancellor's Award as an SU Outstanding Journalist. The North Syracuse Lions' Club, the United Negro College Fund, and the National Council of Negro Women, among many other local organizations, also have honored her for her contributions to the community.
Robinson is married to attorney Henry Melchor of Bond, Schoeneck & King. They have two children.
Selecting the the winner of 2013 Forty Under 40 finalists
A panel of five people will select the winners at the 2013 Forty Under 40. They will go over each nomination and grade applicants based on five criteria: education, professional career, community involvement, awards and recognitions, and personal achievement/intangibles.
Members of the selection committee are Marion Cicciarelli, Oswego Health; Jeff Grimshaw, SUNY Oswego; Beth Hilton, Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Scott DelConte, Bond, Schoeneck and King, PLLC; and a representative of Pathfinder Bank.