Broadcast Pioneers member Robin Mackintosh is a recently retired veteran KYW3 Eyewitness News reporter. Known as a "reporter's reporter," he has covered the major events affecting the Delaware Valley during the last 35 years.
Mackintosh's journalism career began at the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, where he worked from 1964 to 1968. He moved to the Virgin Islands in 1969 to work for the Virgin Island Daily News as a reporter.
During summer vacations while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in English and Communications from Temple University, he worked as a police officer in Avalon, New Jersey. Following his appearance in a summer feature shot by CBS 3, the station news director offered Mackintosh a newsroom job. He joined CBS 3 in September 1970, the year before he received his Temple degree. He had previously worked for three years as a news writer for sister station KYW Newsradio.
Mackintosh is one of the most familiar voices in Philadelphia television news. He has interviewed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Princess Grace and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. He accompanied the late John Cardinal Krol to Ireland and produced "To Ireland with Love," a 1973 feature report on the violence there. None of his work was more poignant than his live broadcasts for five straight days from New York City after September 11th.
His career honors include a Philadelphia Emmy Award in 1986 for feature reporting. He also received a Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award for spot news. In 1983, he was granted a special honor presented by President Ronald Reagan at the White House for a series on volunteerism.
He and his wife, Barbara, have three children and two grandchildren. They split their time between their home in Maple Glen, Pennsylvania and their summer home in Avalon. On Friday evening, November 16, 2012, Robin Mackintosh was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.
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