35th Anniversary: Outwit, Outplay, Outlast

Romona Robinson first appeared on our cover in a red, sequined dress outshone only by her Hollywood smile. A “Perfect Ten” we called her. Publicly, that is always who she will be — the most glamorous woman in town.

“I pull that magazine out some days and look at it, and I have to laugh at myself,” she says. “I’m almost celebrating 20 years, and there were people who thought I wouldn’t last, being the first black female television anchor.” Following that 1991 profile — in which we compared the power of her beauty to that of a military coup — she gave us two intimate glimpses into her life: her home and her 2004 wedding to Rodney Tyler. Her house had a kind of clean-lined elegance. Her wedding dress, with its embroidery and Swarovski crystals, was exquisite. But, as tempting as it is to call her a princess, the title just doesn’t fit. Even when she was in her 20s, Romona always possessed the kind of confidence and composure that answers to no one. In Cleveland, she is queen.
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