About Robert Robb

Robert Robb writes about politics and public policy at robertrobb.substack.com and robertrobb.com. He appears on The Political Notebook podcast.

Robb was an editorial columnist for the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for 23 years. The Wall Street Journal once called him the “dean of Arizona political journalists.”

He has been published by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, RealClearPolitics.com, USA Today and other Gannett newspapers across the country. 

In addition to appearances on Phoenix area media, Robb has been a guest on PBS’s The NewsHour, MSNBC, BBC Worldwide, CNN’s American Morning, C-Span and several shows on Fox News. For several years, he did a weekly commentary for the “Horizon” program on Phoenix’s public television station.

The Morrison Institute and the Goldwater Institute have published research papers by him and he currently serves as a Distinguished Fellow for the Morrison Institute.

Robb served as a judge for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, he placed second in the Bastiat Prize, an international competition for economic writing sponsored by the Reason Foundation.  

In 2000, Robb was a media fellow with the Hoover Institution. In 2009, he was awarded a fellowship for study in Japan by the Foreign Press Center Japan. 

Prior to joining The Arizona Republic, Robb ran his own public affairs and public relations agency for 13 years. He has also worked as vice president for public affairs for the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and as vice president for governmental affairs and publications for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

Before becoming a journalist, Robb served on the executive committees and boards of directors for the Phoenix Zoo, the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and the Goldwater Institute for Public Policy Research.

Robb graduated in 1976 with a degree in political science from Occidental College in Los Angeles.


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