For more than a decade Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins has been one of Northeast Ohio's most reliable sources for health news. She has earned the respect of the region's medical establishments including The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio for fair, accurate and unbiased reporting.
Monica has the ability to take even the most complicated medical procedure and make it understandable to viewers. Her stories are often broadcast nationally at other NBC and Gannett stations and her more than 25 Cleveland Clinic "Medical Miracle" specials have also aired in the Middle East and Turkey.
Her dedication to providing quality health information to Northeast Ohio earned her the prestigious 2007 Community Service Award from Fairview, Lakewood, Lutheran Hospitals and the Community West Foundation. She was honored as the first media recipient of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure "Power of a Partner" Award. She's also received several media awards from various medical organizations including the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland and the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio.
With more than 20 years of Broadcast Journalism experience, Monica has received nearly two dozen Emmy nominations, several first place, Excellence in Journalism awards from the Ohio Press Club and the Associated Press. She's also a member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Monica began her television career at WDTV in Clarksburg, West Virginia. While there, she honed her reporting and anchoring skills as well as being a videographer, producer, editor and production assistant. She then moved on to WOWK-TV in Charleston/Huntington, West Virginia where she became the main 6pm and 11pm anchor as well as delving into Investigative Reporting. She was a primary Investigative Reporter at WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio before becoming the NBC Midwest Correspondent for the News Channel affiliate service. During that time she traveled the country covering national news for America's NBC stations.
Monica is active with several community organizations including being a co-chair for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Race for the Cure. She also serves on the board of directors for the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland and Kids in Flight, an organization that provides free airplane rides to critically ill children. She served on former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell's think tank for "Steps to a Healthier Cleveland," and assisted in securing funding for "Aligning Forces for Quality." A Robert Woods Johnson Foundation initiative aimed at helping chronically ill patients achieve quality care. She is a sought after public speaker and often talks about the need to be one's own health advocate.
Monica is a native of Pittsburgh and when she has time, she enjoys running, scuba diving and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. She's also the lead singer for the BFD Band and has opened for well-known national acts such as The Temptations, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Donnie Iris and the Cruisers, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Hall and Oates and Eddie Money. bfdbluesband.com. She has performed the National Anthem several times for the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Barons, Cleveland Force, Akron Aeros and for many local law enforcement, fire and military agencies.
Monica and her Great Pyrenees, Griffin, are certified by Therapy Dogs International and volunteer bringing emotional support to patients in local nursing homes.