William Ingraham Robinson Jr., an Emmy-award-winning television producer and reporter, died May 23 of a rare form of cancer in Hermosa Beach. He was 54.
Robinson, whose 22-year television career took viewers to California loading docks, Tijuana sweatshops and Bosnian battlefields, was born in Witchita, Kan., held a degree from the London School of Economics and taught high school English in Colorado.
Most of his television career was spent at KCBS-TV Channel 2, where he was managing editor in 1990-92; at KTTV/FOX-TV Channel 11 and at San Francisco’s KRON-TV Channel 4, where he was chief political producer, among other duties, through most of the 1980s.
He won one of his eight Emmy Awards for a documentary on California’s Port Chicago, where black dock workers loading ammunition toiled under unsafe conditions during World War II. He helped produce or write numerous other documentaries for national and local television.
Robinson and his wife, Carol Lin, an anchor and correspondent for CNN, divided their time between Atlanta and Manhattan Beach.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a 2-month-old daughter, Chloe; and a sister.