Shaun Robinson

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Shaun Robinson
Robinson in May 2013
Born (1962-07-12) July 12, 1962 (age 60)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Actress
  • journalist
  • television host
  • television personality
  • author
Notable work
Access Hollywood (1999-2015) 90 Day Fiancé (2016–present)

Shaun Robinson (born July 12, 1962) is an American television host, author, producer, philanthropist, television personality and actress. [1] She is perhaps best known for hosting Access Hollywood (1999–2015) and 90 Day Fiancé and its spin-offs (2016–present). [2] Her accolades include an Emmy Award for her live coverage of A Grand Night in Harlem for the Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame. [1]


Early life

Shaun Robinson was born on July 12, 1962 in Detroit, Michigan. She has a brother and two sisters. She is a graduate of Cass Technical High School. She then moved to Atlanta to attend Spelman College.


Robinson's career began in Detroit at WGPR-TV (now WWJ-TV), the first African-American owned television station in the U.S. [3] After that Robinson was a medical reporter and weekend anchor for WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where her series on women and cancer garnered her an Associated Press award. She also served as host of the daily talk show Milwaukee's Talking. Robinson later joined newly formed KEYE-TV in Austin, Texas, in 1995, as a reporter and anchor where her series "Profiles in Power", focusing on women who made an impact in Central Texas, earned Robinson an American Women in Radio and Television award. In 1999, she started working as a weekend anchor and correspondent for Access Hollywood, a job that eventually lasted for 16 years. [4] [5]

Before joining Access Hollywood, Robinson was a reporter and anchor for WSVN-TV in Miami, Florida. During her tenure there, Robinson anchored coverage of both the Clinton impeachment hearings and of Hurricane George, which devastated the Florida Keys. She traveled to Oklahoma to profile survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing. She filled in for Meredith Vieira on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for the week of June 8–12, 2009. She has contributed reports to television shows NBC Nightly News and Today.

In October 2010, Robinson was a guest star on a celebrity edition episode of the game show Don't Forget the Lyrics . She played and won $10,000 for her selected charity, Girls, Inc. Robinson co-hosted the NBC coverage of the Tournament of Roses Parade with Al Roker in 2011 and 2012. [1] She has provided coverage for the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmy Awards and Grammy Awards. [1] In 2016, Robinson began hosting Tell All specials for TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé and its spin-offs. [4] In 2019, Robinson landed the role of Kris Kensington on BET’s Games People Play . [4] In February 2020, Forbes published an article about Robinson as part of the magazine's an ongoing series "The Secrets of Successful Women." [4]

Her first book titled Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today’s Girls on What it Takes to Believe in Yourself was published on March 31, 2009 by Ballantine Books. [6] The book of motivational advice and anecdotes presents quotes and stories from role models notable for confidence, determination and generosity. [6] The book inspires girls to find their inner strength, become confident, and believe in themselves. [7]

Personal life

In 1994, Robinson married MLB player Darryl Hamilton, but they later divorced.


Robinson has launched a nonprofit organization to help empower girls and young women. The S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls supports small charities that are doing work in five key areas of girls issues: (S)TEM, (H)EALTH, (A)RTS, (U)NITY and (N)EIGHBORHOODS. Robinson and her foundation have been featured on the CBS show, Hidden Heroes. [1]


As actress

Film and television roles
2000 Any Day Now Reporter #2Episode: "You Think I Am Lying to You?"
2001 America's Sweethearts Nevada AnchorwomanFilm
Dr. Dolittle 2 Newscaster
2003 Bruce Almighty
Charmed Kinesha RobinsonEpisode: "Forget Me... Not"
She Spies TV BroadcasterEpisode: "Cover Me"
Half & Half Lingerie ClerkEpisode: "The Big College Admission Episode"
2006 Studio 60 Monitor Reporter #3Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Shaun RobinsonEpisode: "Vanishing Act"
2009 Monk Talk Show HostEpisode: "Mr. Monk Takes the Stand"
2012 Last Man Standing Shaun RobinsonEpisode: "Tree of Strife"
2014Jessica Paré Can Eat Whatever She WantsN/AShort film
2019 Games People Play Kris Kensington5 episodes

As herself

Television hosting and other credits
1968 Operation: Entertainment Operation Entertainment GirlEpisode: "Episode #2.5"
1999–2015 Access Hollywood Correspondent / Host
2002 The Parkers HerselfEpisode: "It's Showtime"
8th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards PresenterTV Special
2002–2003 The Proud Family Herself (voice)Episodes: "Hip-Hop Helicopter" and "Hooray for Iesha"
2004TV One AccessHost
2005 The Contender HerselfUncredited; Episode: "Betrayed"
2006 The View Co-HostEpisodes: "Episode dated 5 December 2006" and "Episode dated 8 December 2006"
2007–2008 Dirt Herself3 episodes
2009 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Guest Host5 episodes
2013 Hit the Floor HerselfEpisode: "Pilot"
Real Husbands of Hollywood Episode: "The Harter They Fall"
2016–21 90 Day Fiancé Host8 episodes
2016–2190 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?Host15 episodes
2017–2090 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 DaysHost7 episodes
2018American Dream: DetroitIntervieweeDocumentary
2018TLC's Royal Wedding RevealedHostTV Special
201990 Day Fiancé: The Other WayHost3 episodes
202190 Day Bares AllHost21 episodes
2021–2290 Day: The Single LifeHost4 episodes
2022 Darcey & Stacey HostEpisodes: "The Twins Tell All Part 1" and "The Twins Tell All Part 2"

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  2. "Shaun Robinson calls out former 'Access Hollywood' cohost Billy Bush over 'white privilege'". Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  3. "Veteran Journalist Shaun Robinson Dishes On Her New Mega-Project With Lifetime Network". Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Brownlee, Dana. "The Secrets Of Successful Women: Broadcast Journalist Shaun Robinson". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  5. Ausiello, Michael (2020-06-03). "Shaun Robinson Calls Out Ex-Access Hollywood Co-Anchor Billy Bush for 'Pain' His 'White Privilege' Caused Her". TVLine. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  6. 1 2 "Nonfiction Book Review: Exactly as I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today's Girls on What It Takes to Believe in Yourself by Shaun Robinson, Author Ballantine Books $18 (127p) ISBN 978-0-345-51195-9". Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  7. "Exactly as I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today's Girls on What It Takes to Believe in Yourself". Retrieved 2020-07-07.