Emmy Award-winning journalist, television personality, author, producer, actress, philanthropist and girls’ empowerment activist, Shaun Robinson is a true role model.
She has won the respect and admiration of millions of daily television viewers throughout her career, including her work as host of the entertainment news show, Access Hollywood. Shaun has interviewed Hollywood’s biggest stars and covered the red carpets and hosted the official pre-shows for the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmy’s and Grammy’s. She has also hosted NBC’s coverage of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.
Coming from a strong background in television news, Shaun has contributed reports to NBC Nightly News, TodayShow, MSNBC and CNN. She has served as a guest host on ABC’s The View, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, HLN’s Joy Behar Show and has been featured as a panelist on Larry King Live, Piers Morgan Tonight and Dr. Drew. Shaun has also served as host for programs on Lifetime, BET and TLC networks, including the mega-hit 90 Day Fiancé Tell-All Specials.
Among her awards, Shaun won an Emmy for her live coverage of A Grand Night in Harlem for the Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame. She received a distinguished Gracie Award for her work on BET Takes Hollywood profiling the history of African Americans and the Oscars. Shaun captivated audiences as the premiere host of TV One Access, for which she received the Outstanding Coverage of Race & Ethnicity Award from Columbia University. The Ford Foundation has honored Shaun for her special on Missing in the Media which focused on the lack of media coverage surrounding missing women of color. Shaun has also received prestigious awards from the Associated Press and American Women in Radio and Television.
Putting on her producer hat, Shaun is the executive producer, along with Bishop T.D. Jakes, of the upcoming Lifetime movie series, Seven Deadly Sins.
Shaun has also built her acting resume with roles in the feature films Bruce Almighty, Dr. Dolittle 2, and America’s Sweethearts. Her television roles include Law & Order: CI, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Last Man Standing, Monk, Everybody Hates Chris, Charmed, Days of Our Lives, and The Proud Family. She is most recently seen in the role of business mogul Kris Kensington on BET’s hit drama series, Games People Play.
Prioritizing her philanthropy, Shaun is Founder and President of the S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls, a nonprofit which supports small, grassroots charities that are doing work in five key areas of girls issues: (S)TEM, (H)EALTH, (A)RTS, (U)NITY and (N)EIGHBORHOODS. Shaun and her foundation were recently featured on the CBS show, Hidden Heroes.
The issue of girls and self-esteem has been a life-long passion for Shaun. As an author, her first book, Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today’s Girls on What it Takes to Believe in Yourself (Ballantine), put together the collective wisdom of both superstar women and everyday teenagers. Shaun was honored with an invitation from the U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas to speak to the commonwealth’s girls about her book and the issue of self-esteem. Shaun was also honored with DOVE’S first Real Beauty Award as a role model who is helping girls feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Shaun currently sits on the Advisory Board of Girl Up - the United Nation’s Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign. She served on the National Board of Girls, Inc. and was awarded the Inspiring Woman Award by the Los Angeles Sparks. Shaun created One Girl, One Voice: A Million Ways to Make a Difference - the social media movement calling for one million girls to pledge to use their voices for positive change in the world through volunteering. Because of her commitment to gender equality, Shaun was recently invited to join Women Moving Millions - a global philanthropic community of women who has each pledged to give, at least, one million dollars to initiatives empowering girls and women across the world.
Shaun also served as the spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Share Your Heart, Share Your Home foster care and adoption program and worked with the national literacy organization, Jumpstart. She has served as the official spokesperson for the Heart Rhythm Society’s Arrest the Risk campaign, focusing on African Americans and heart disease. Her HRS PSA was honored with the Spirit of the Heart Award by the National Association of Black Cardiologists.
Prior to coming to Hollywood, Shaun was an anchor/reporter in Miami where she anchored coverage of Hurricane Georges which devastated the Florida Keys. She also anchored in Austin, Texas where she reported from the notorious Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville interviewing prisoners on death row. Prior to that, Shaun was an anchor, health reporter and talk show host at the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee and was an anchor/reporter at the CBS affiliate in Flint, Michigan. Shaun began her TV career in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan working as a reporter, anchor and talk show host.
Shaun currently resides in Los Angeles and is a very proud graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta.