The Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Board is pleased to announce Robin Swoboda as the keynote speaker for the 2018 Carnation Festival Community Breakfast.
Robin Swoboda, television news anchor, talk show host, and actress is best known for her career on various television and radio stations primarily in Cleveland, as well as hosting national television programs.
Swoboda attended and graduated from Missouri Western State College. In 1981, she received her first job as a television news anchor at WQAD-TV in Moline, Illinois. Following that Swoboda (under the name Robin Cole) worked as an anchor and reporter for then-CBS affiliate WJTV Channel 4 (now NBC O&O and Channel 6) in Miami, Florida. She then moved to Cleveland in 1986, and using her real name, became a co-anchor for the CBS affiliate WJW-TV 8 alongside longtime station mainstays, Tim Taylor, Dick Goddard and Casey Coleman. From 1986 to 1991, Swoboda was an important part of the energy at WJW NEWSCENTER 8’s popular 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Her voice and face became one of the most familiar in northeastern Ohio.
She left WJW in 1991 to co-host a women’s sports program for NBC. After that show was cancelled, she took a brief sabbatical and then became active in the Kansas City, Missouri market. Swoboda returned to WJW in January of 1995. In March of 2002, she joined Northeast Ohio’s family radio station, 95.5 FM The Fish. She left that job in 2005, and two years after that, returned for a third stint at WJW, this time hosting her own morning talk show originally title That’s Life, and later changed to The Robin Swoboda Show. Swoboda would win a local Emmy Award for her stint as host of her self-titled show in 2010.
In January 2011, Swoboda left WJW again after a disagreement with station management over the direction of her show. Two months later, she was named co-anchor of the 7 p.m. newscast on Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC channel 3, where she worked until February 28, 2014.
In July 2014, Swoboda began doing one-minute commentaries for WFHM (where she was previously morning host), and sister talk station WHK AM 1420. She currently works as a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal.
Swoboda was an inductee to the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1995. Readers of Cleveland Magazine and Northern Ohio Live have named her Best Female Anchor. In 2009, she received the Lower Great Lakes Emmy Award and she is a recipient of the 2012 Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Excellence in Television Award.
In addition to her journalism career, Robin has also had roles in a pair of motion pictures, partly due to the films being shot in Cleveland, Ohio. She had a bit part in the blockbuster The Avengers in 2012 and a bigger role in the independent film Made in Cleveland in 2013.
Robin Swoboda became a born-again Christian in 1989, and married her husband, former NFL punter and placekicker Bryan Wagner in 1991; they divorced in 2015. She currently lives with her family (sons Matthew and William, daughter Hallie) in Medina, Ohio.