- 1 Who is Robin Meade?
- 2 Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Ohio
- 3 Career Beginnings: Being a Miss America Contestant
- 4 An Aspiring Journalist: Various Ohio Stations and Moving to Miami
- 5 Becoming a Star: WMAQ-TV, Regional Emmy, Covering the 1996 Olympics and More
- 6 CNN/HLN Career: A Stellar Run
- 7 Awards, Nominations and Accomplishments
- 8 Music Career
- 9 A Writer, Too?
- 10 Brief Acting Career
- 11 Personal Life: Who is Robin Meade’s Husband Tim Yeager?
- 12 Body Measurements: How Tall is Robin Meade?
- 13 Net Worth: How Rich is Robin Meade?
- 14 Social Media Presence
Who is Robin Meade?
Born on 21 April 1969, in New London, Ohio, USA, under the earth sign of Taurus, Robin Michelle Meade is a 50-year-old American journalist, television anchor, best-selling author, country music singer and former beauty pageant contestant. She first rose to fame upon winning the Miss Ohio pageant in 1992, but didn’t want to limit herself, and ultimately chose to pursue a career in journalism. By honing her skills at various local stations in her home state, she managed to become the face behind “Morning Express with Robin Meade” on HLN, which is a network owned by CNN. The show has been running for 14 years now, making Meade one of the most beloved anchors in all of television.
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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Ohio
She did mention that her childhood wasn’t easy, and that money was hard to come by in the Meade household. Such a situation didn’t discourage this ambitious young woman, as she successfully matriculated from New London High School in 1987, and the same year enrolled at Ashland University, a private institution in Ohio. After her sophomore year, Robin transferred to Malone University, which is where she eventually obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 1992, majoring in programming and performance, as well as radio/television production, with a minor in political science. ‘At first, I was skeptical of taking up another subject, but the theoretical knowledge I gained really taught me how to maintain a conversation while on air’, said Meade of her expertise in this area.
Career Beginnings: Being a Miss America Contestant
Even though she was an exceptional student in college, Robin’s main interest was modeling. She strived to make a career using her attractiveness, which prompted her to enter several beauty pageants while still in college. After winning several, she believed that appearing on the national stage would help her enter the modeling industry, and in 1992, Robin surprised everyone by becoming Miss Ohio. This automatically qualified her for the Miss America pageant, where she was eliminated in the semi-finals, but still managed to finish in the top ten. However, she soon became disillusioned with this line of work, and decided to put her reporting skills to the test.
An Aspiring Journalist: Various Ohio Stations and Moving to Miami
Robin’s career in broadcasting officially began when she joined the crew of WMFD-TV, located in Mansfield, Ohio; her duties involved reporting on weather changes and current events.
With excellent knowledge about what’s going on in her home state, she quickly became an integral part of the team. After less than a year in this position, she moved to WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio, which was soon followed by another gig, this time with WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. This was Robin’s first time as an anchor, and it’s safe to say that she excelled in this new position. Her unique appearance and undeniable charisma made her a favorite amongst viewers, with each of her shows being highly-rated. Subsequently, she moved to Miami, Florida to be the morning news anchor at WSVN-TV. There she was given her own show for the first time – “Today in Florida”. At times, she also filled in as the noon anchor and health reporter, when her colleagues were unable to fulfill their duties.
Becoming a Star: WMAQ-TV, Regional Emmy, Covering the 1996 Olympics and More
In 1995 Robin moved yet again, to become the morning newscast anchor at WMAQ-TV, an important NBC affiliate in Chicago, Illinois.
Her job involved being the co-anchor during weekend news specials, while also serving as a general assignment correspondent for the entire station. With her extensive knowledge, an orotund voice and the ability to concisely present any event, she became the most popular anchor in all of Chicago. For her coverage of the 1995 Fox Grove bus-train collision, which resulted in the deaths of seven students and injuries to 24 more people, she was awarded a regional Emmy, an accolade many seasoned journalists dream of, making Robin’s accomplishment even more amazing. She was also one of the main reporters for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional coverage of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, where one person lost their life and 111 more people sustained injuries. She remained with this NBC affiliate for five more years, being first on the scene for many crucial events in the twilight of the 20th century.
CNN/HLN Career: A Stellar Run
Meade’s first day on air for HLN (then named CNN Headline News) took place on 11 September, 2001. Immediately thrust into the middle of tragic situation at New York’s Twin Towers terrorist attack, she handled herself exceptionally and set the tone for her future accomplishments with America’s biggest news-oriented network. Robin was the main anchor and reporter during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom. Viewers raved about her objectiveness and her ability to accurately convey the emotions felt by the soldiers stationed abroad. In both 2004 and 2008, she was HLN’s main reporter for the inauguration of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In July 2008, she was the first reporter to interview the American hostages released by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), a now-defunct Colombian guerrilla group.
She also spearheaded the coverage of Michael Jackson’s 2009 memorial services, after the legendary pop-star tragically passed away. In June 2009, she made headlines again when she performed a skydive together with former POTUS George H. W. Bush. Today, Robin’s duties involve anchoring “Morning Express with Robin Meade”, co-hosting “Accent Health” with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on TNT, as well as many other high-profile assignments.
Salute to Troops
In addition to her other ventures, Robin is also known as the face of “Salute to Troops”, a daily segment on HLN. Every day, she is in charge of anchoring this message to American military stationed abroad. During the show, families and loved ones send messages, videos and photos to their loved ones in other parts of the world.
Awards, Nominations and Accomplishments
Even though she is mostly known for being a 1995 regional Emmy Award recipient, Meade’s trophy cabinet holds much more. In 2001, she was nominated for the same award once again, this time for a segment devoted to advice on how to survive a plane crash at low altitudes. In 2002, she was recognized by Lycos as one of the 20 most influential and most popular faces in all of television. 2005 saw her being awarded the Young Alumnus Award by her alma mater, Ashland University, for exceptional achievements in broadcasting – the same year, she delivered the graduation speech, followed by her induction into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in October. A prominent and outspoken feminist, Robin was awarded the Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor, News or News Magazine by the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) association.
This multi-talented reporter released her first country album, “Brand New Day” on 21 June 2011, which reached 58th spot on the US Country chart, as well as number 24 on the US Heat chart. The album was comprised of mostly original songs written by Meade herself, with an added homage to Don Henley – lead singer of The Eagles – in “Dirty Laundry”, a cover of one of his biggest songs. During the recording process, she collaborated with famed singers such as Bo Bice, Victoria Shaw of Lady Antebellum fame, and of course John Rich.
On 11 June 2013, she released “Count On Me”, an equally successful album, but with more of an upbeat vibe throughout its duration. Her music success helped her reach the cover of Making Music magazine, followed by extensive coverage about her life and work. She’s also sung the American national anthem on three occasions during NASCAR pre-race festivities.
A Writer, Too?
In 2009, Robin made her writing debut upon the release of “Morning Sunshine! How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It, Too”, which debuted at number 12 on the New York Times Best Seller List, in the Advice, How-To, and Miscellaneous category. The book features advice from the famous anchor, mostly on how to grow as a person and achieve success in the world of show business.
Brief Acting Career
As an influential journalist, Robin was invited to play the role of HLN reporter in 2018’s “Rampage”, a critically acclaimed sci-fi adventure film starring Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harries. Although it was only a cameo role, this achievement is yet another testament to Meade’s many talents.
Looking forward to seeing you bright and early tomorrow morning! Vacation coming to a close…getting my mind right to get up at oh-dark-thirty. What time do YOU get up? I’ll see you then!!! pic.twitter.com/KNTMnqqqDN
— Robin Meade (@RobinMeade) August 11, 2019
Personal Life: Who is Robin Meade’s Husband Tim Yeager?
Robin is married to businessman and venture capitalist Tim Yeager – they met in the late 1980s, and tied the knot on 6 November 1993. They don’t have children, and even though they haven’t shared any details about this facet of their life, it is believed that medical reasons are in play. Tim is always by Robin’s side, during every public appearance and fundraiser. They live together in Atlanta, Georgia and are ‘parents’ to three rescued dogs.
Body Measurements: How Tall is Robin Meade?
- Height is 5ft 3in (160cm)
- Weighs 120lbs (54kgs)
- Vital statistics of 34-25-36.
- Light brown hair
- Dark brown eyes
Net Worth: How Rich is Robin Meade?
She has a net worth of approximately $4.5 million, as of August 2019, accumulated by being one of the most renowned broadcasters and anchors of the past 20 years. A lot of her revenue comes from album and book sales, as well.