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Saturday, 25 June 2011 00:18

“Jack of all trades and master of all” best describes this intelligent and talented artist, author, commentator, reporter, and patriot. From his Cajun roots growing up in Boutee, Louisiana to his successful careers,


Garland Robinette has distinguished himself as one of the most informed, well-known, and respected personalities to ever hail from South Louisiana.

He has humbly expressed his “lucky life” with respect to his gifts of painting and music. But it is the people throughout Cajun Country and New Orleans who have been fortunate to benefit from such a passionate and untiring spirit of community service and action for over 38 years.

Following his two-tour, 13-month duty in Vietnam, where he was twice awarded the Purple Heart, Robinette began his journalism career down in Houma as a feature reporter for the local newspaper there. When local businessmen launched Terrebonne Parish’s first television station, Garland was chosen the head up the news department covering everything from local to regional and national stories. His on air personnae was quickly noted by New Orleans’ CBS affiliate WWL TV and there he continued his successful and award-winning 20-year career as a news anchor and investigative reporter. It was during this time that his artistic talents truly blossomed. He studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts in his spare time, and was even commissioned to paint a portrait of Pope John Paul II during his only visit to New Orleans. Today his art is collected and coveted by people throughout the world.

Garland left WWL TV in 1990 for a public relations position with Freeport McMoran in New Orleans. He eventually left McMoran and founded his own company, Planet Communications that provides crisis managers throughout the world.

In May of 2005, 3 months before Katrina struck New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, Robinette accepted a temporary talk-show host position as a favor to good friend and WWL radio moderator David Tyree. Tyree was battling cancer at the time and within a few months would die.

Hurricane Katrina provided an unintended opportunity for Garland to assume a position as the voice of New Orleans by continuing his reports on the status of the relief efforts, damages and death. Despite the inability for the station to broadcast conventionally, an arrangement was made with several out-of-state CBS affiliates to relay Robinette’s reports to the people of South Louisiana and the nation. Additionally, live streaming broadcasts were available to tens of thousands through the internet.

In his tough and determined Cajun spirit, Garland tirelessly delivered important accounts to those affected by the event. A year later, he was granted the opportunity to interview the President and First Lady on the first anniversary of the storm in 2006.

Robinette has continued his work on his radio show The Think Tank on WWL through today. His last name is French (of course) meaning little bright fame. A description which aptly describes such a wonderfully talented and caring Cajun from South Louisiana.


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