Walter Robinson

Walter Robinson was the lead editor of the Boston Globe's Spotlight investigative journalism team. With his guidance the team was able to uncover many different instances of sexual abuse in the Boston archdiocese.

The Spotlight team went on to win a Pulitzer prize for their work. In the Spotlight film Robinson is portrayed by Michael Keaton. 

 "The story in this film belongs to you, because it is really about how we told your story about a truth long buried and an injustice long ignored." 

Walter Robinson was a speaker at this year's Annual SNAP Conference where he accepted the Pioneer Award on behalf of the Spotlight team. Watch the video of the speech below, where he talks about how the Spotlight team helped survivors gain a voice to speak out against abusers. 

"Soon this story will be vividly retold to a national and worldwide audience who I pray will also be moved to tears and outrage by what was done to our children in the name of God." 

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  • John Merryman
    commented 2016-10-01 08:23:44 -0500
    I have met Mr. Robinson and he is, by far, one of the most intelligent people I have ever encountered. I introduced myself as a victim of a priest in Massachusetts in the 1960’s, and he spent an inordinate amount of time with me. It is no wonder that along with those dedicated journalists on his team, he exposed one of the most influential political & social powers in history, The Archdiocese of Boston and The Catholic Church. Had Mr. Robinson lived in another era, he would have been imprisoned (or worse) for his journalism. Had he published his research in the early 20th Century, he would have been shamed out of town by the Catholic Church. That being reprehensible enough, the Catholic devout of eastern New England would have supported the Church in its efforts to put themselves above the First Amendment to the Constitution of The United States.

    Hero is a larger than life term. It is an honored assignment for which most of us are not worthy. Walter Robinson is a hero. He will tell you, he was just doing his job. But, that job rendered justice, exposed people who considered themselves unaccountable and his work is great comfort for victims. I am eternally grateful to you and your team Sir.

    John M. Merryman
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