Philip Robbins ,74 Journalist and First Amendment Authority- October 13, 2005

Philip Robbins, a journalist and prominent authority on the First Amendment and freedom of the press, died of pancreatic cancer Oct. 13 at his home in Elkton, Md.

Mr. Robbins dedicated his life to journalism and the principles of a free press and the freedom of information.
He spent the early years of his career as a reporter and editor at a number of daily newspapers and was a professor of journalism for 25 years. In his later years, he was also an ombudsman for international publications.

Quote on journalist pay keeping pace with inflation: "I think it's about as hard right now as any time in the 25 years I've been teaching full time," says Phil Robbins, director of journalism at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and once an editor at the defunct Washington Star.

Attribution: Washington Time, American Journalism Review,

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