A long-loyal SPJ member who has worked behind the scenes for journalism and journalists as well as in front of a mic is SPJ’s Volunteer of the Month for August. Congratulations to Bob Roberts who for 22 years has run the huge JobFile which has hundreds of listings in numerous states and can be found at www.headlineclub.org.
Bob is a reporter for WBBM Newsradio in Chicago. Raised in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, he knew he wanted to be a reporter in the first grade, when he did a report (without being assigned) for class on the tragic Our Lady of the Angels school fire which killed 92 children and three nuns in Chicago in 1958.
Bob obtained his bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from Indiana University/Bloomington in 1974, and broke in professionally as a reporter and assistant editor at the City News Bureau of Chicago. At 25, he was news director of WMET/Chicago and at 26 moved to NBC-owned WMAQ Radio. At 31 he moved to New York, where he worked for four years as a news and sports reporter/anchor for 1010 WINS, returned to WMAQ in 1988 and moved to WBBM in 2000. In addition to his work at WBBM, he edits the weekly jobs bulletin JobFile and is an associate editor of the quarterly rail enthusiast magazine First & Fastest.
Bob joined SPJ in 1972, is a Headline Club member, was a Deadline Club member for many years, is active in FOIA causes, served on the Headline Club board for 11 years and was its president 1996-97. He is married to teacher Jackie Bresse-Rodenkirk.
Do you know an outstanding SPJ volunteer? Nominate that person for Volunteer of the Month by contacting Susan Stevens, Membership Committee member, at Susanstevens@aol.com. Please tell us briefly why you are nominating the person and why your nominee is worthy of recognition. Nominations are due the 5th of each month and announced by the 15th.