Alumni Profile

Robert Abernathy
Robert Abernethy
Former NBC News Correspondent; Executive Editor & Host, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Educational Broadcasting Corporation
MPA, Class of 1952
I worked for NBC News for 42 years, most of the time as a correspondent – in Washington, London, Los Angeles and, in the early 1990’s, Moscow, where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.
By 1994, it was time to retire, but I liked television news and I did not want to stop work.  So I started a half-hour weekly program called Religion&Ethics NewsWeekly, which I anchor and which PBS distributes.  It seems to fill a niche – reporting the news of all religions, without proselytizing – and thanks to our principal funder, Lilly Endowment Inc., we have been doing a fresh program every week for 16 years.