Press release from the City:
Mayor Henry names Vince Robinson as Public Information Director
Brings variety of media, City government experience to administration
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced Vince Robinson as his appointment to lead the City’s public information office.
“I have consistently talked about City government and my administration hiring the best people for the job. Vince is distinctly that choice for public information director,” Mayor Henry said. “He has exactly the kind of experience and contacts needed to do this job effectively. I look forward to him joining my staff later this month and hitting the ground running.”
Robinson will return to City government Aug. 17 as public information director. He had the same position under Mayor Graham Richard in 2000 and 2001. Since that time, he has been owner of Diversity Media Group and editor of INK newspaper, a weekly publication reporting on news of interest to minorities in Fort Wayne. The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce named Robinson Diversity Business Person of the Year for 2003.
An Indiana University journalism alumnus and Fort Wayne native, Robinson has more than 20 years of experience in journalism and media relations. He has worked as news director at WANE-TV, a reporter for WRTV-TV in Indianapolis, and advertising sales at Fort Wayne Newspapers. His community involvement includes the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau, Fort Wayne Urban Coalition and the Fort Wayne/Allen County branch of the NAACP.
“Coming back to the City of Fort Wayne combines my commitment to my hometown with my professional experience,” Robinson said. “Mayor Henry has some significant projects and continues to work to make Fort Wayne a great place to live, work, start a business and raise a family. We have similar ideals for this community, and I want to be part of helping to articulate Mayor Henry’s vision for Fort Wayne.”
Robinson will provide strategic thinking for the public information office as well as working with public information officers from other City departments, 311 call center staff, area advocates and other City employees for consistent, timely information to the public using a variety of communication tools.
Mayor Henry’s choice for Robinson has been met with positive reactions from community leaders including County Councilwoman Maye Johnson and City Councilwoman Karen Goldner.
“To say he has a finger on the pulse of this community would be an understatement. This young man has volunteered his time, knowledge and talent to assist various community programs and services that promote growth and direction for the community and the individuals who comprise it,” Johnson said.
“I am thrilled that Mayor Henry selected Vince Robinson. He is an excellent choice with his experience in the public and private sector,” Goldner said. “After working together under Mayor Richard and in the community, I have seen him demonstrate good judgment time and again while continuing to work toward a better Fort Wayne.”