Shaun Robinson, the long-time Access Hollywood anchor and entertainment reporter married former MLB player Darryl Hamilton in 1994 while he was still playing professionally with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Hamilton, 50, was found dead on Monday afternoon in what police are calling a murder-suicide with his current girlfriend, Monica Jordan, 44. Hamilton’s body was found near the entry of the home in suburban Houston.
Here’s what you need to know Robinson and her time with Hamilton:
1. Robinson & Hamilton Were Married in 1994
According to the announcement in Jet magazine following their wedding, Robinson and Hamilton were married in 1994 in a ceremony in Milwaukee. Hamilton, who made his MLB debut with the Brewers in 1988, was an outfielder for the team at the time.
Despite her near-constant presence on TV over the past decade, Robinson rarely discussed her marriage – or its end. She and Hamilton eventually divorced.
2. Robinson Grew Up in Detroit & Attended Cass Technical High School
Born and raised in Detroit, Robinson graduated from the city’s famous Cass Technical High School. Her fellow alumni include Lily Tomlin, Jack White and David Alan Greir.
Robinson’s first job in TV also came in her home town, working for WGPR-TV62, the first African-American owned television station in the United States. She still proudly supports her hometown and frequently Tweets about the city:
3. She Joined Access Hollywood After Time in Local TV
Robinson rose to TV fame when she joined Access Hollywood. During her stint on the show, Robinson has interviewed hundreds of celebrities and covered the red carpet for the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmy’s and Grammy’s.
She’s also been featured as a panelist on Piers Morgan Tonight, Larry King Live, as a guest-thost on The View and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Robinson won an Associated Press award as the weekend anchor in WISN-TV in Milwaukee before her promotion to national TV and reported on the series “Profiles in Power” for KEYE-TV in Austin, Texas in 1995.
4. Robinson Was Criticized for Her Comments About Atheists
Robinson was forced to issue a public apology after coming under fire for comments she made on air during an Access Hollywood broadcast in August, 2014. Robinson was interviewing actor Kevin Sorbo when she said:
Every time I’m around, if I’m ever around an atheist, I think I’m gonna get hit by lightning or something. I just don’t even want to be in the room with them.
Robinson later apologized, via Twitter, for the words:
5. She Started the Organization ‘One Girl, One Voice’
Robinson has a long history of charity work and even started her own initiative with the organization One Girl, One Voice. The group works with teenage girls across the country to foster a positive space and using their voices, both individually and collective, to positively impact girls everywhere.
The group came to be after Robinson published the book Exactly As I Am, a collection of stories from women of all ages, races and backgrounds across the country and how each of them worked to develop a sense of positive thought and self-essteem.
In addition to her own charity work, Robinson is on the national board for Girls Inc. and has served as the spokesperson for the Los Angeles County “Share Your Heart, share Your Home” foster care and adoption program.