Prior to joining Boston 25 in 2015, Robert served as the New Haven Bureau Chief for WFSB-TV (CBS) in Connecticut. One of the first journalists on the scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Robert supplied live reports to CNN and CBS’s national special coverage with Norah O’Donnell. He has contributed to national and international outlets on several of the region’s high-profile incidents, such as the Stamford chimpanzee attack, a Bridgeport man’s plot to set off explosives in Times Square, and the Christmas Day (2011) fire in Stamford. Robert was first to ascertain and confirm the name of the suspect in the murder of Yale graduate student Annie Le, and he was the only television reporter to cover both capital trials in the Cheshire home invasion.
Originally from the Boston area, Robert has held various positions throughout New England. He has worked for News 12 Connecticut and ABC6 in Providence, and freelanced for New England Cable News and the ABC affiliate in Portland, ME.
During a three-year stint at WTVF in Nashville, Robert was a part of the top-ranked morning team as reporter and fill-in anchor. It was with WTVF that Robert won an Emmy for “Underwater Warriors”, documenting a program in the Caribbean that provides therapeutic scuba-diving experiences for recent war veterans. He also was first to report NFL quarterback Steve McNair’s DUI, both on WTVF and WJZ in Baltimore, who broadcast his reports from the South because McNair was playing for the Ravens at the time.
While in Nashville, Robert’s Boston roots and love for Dunkin Donuts and the Red Sox often prompted the question “you’re not from around here, are you?”, though he was quite popular among WTVF’s viewership. His New England background was never more evident than when he mistook biscuit gravy for a bowl of clam chowder.
Before working in Tennessee, Robert served the Lake Shore bureau for WZZM in Grand Rapids, MI, a region to which he was assigned due to his love of the water. Prior to that, Robert launched his career as an affiliate reporter in Salisbury, MD, home of the Perdue headquarters and a market with the distinction of having more chickens than people.
The son of a Quincy, MA police officer, Robert studied criminal justice at Northeastern University, through whose cooperative education program he began work in Federal Investigative Services before graduation. After four years as an Investigator, doing background checks in Washington, DC, as well as on-site record checks throughout the US, Robert segued into television at America’s Most Wanted. While there he worked his way up the ranks due to his hard work and creativity. He is most proud of pursuing and producing an AMW segment that led to the capture of a fugitive in a decades-old cold case.
Robert’s interest in chasing the truth does not come solely from his father’s career in law-enforcement; his mother was renowned at work and in the neighborhood for her attention to and interest in the people who crossed her path. That this trait was inherited became clear on a family vacation when Robert was 11 years old. He woke up early every morning to find out from the bellhop what had happened at the hotel the night before. He carries this curiosity with him today, as he fulfills his lifelong dream of sharing stories with the world.