76. Robin Herman


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As a member of the first coeducational Princeton class, Robin Herman ’73 was the only woman on the staff of The Daily Princetonian when she joined this organization in the spring of her freshman year.  When the sports editor failed to assign her an athletic beat like the other reporters, Herman demanded treatment equal to that of her male colleagues and began covering the men’s rugby team.  She went on to become the Prince’s co-sports editor, then managing editor.  Upon graduation, Herman joined the staff of The New York Times as their first female sportswriter, where she drew national attention for being the first woman to enter a professional team’s locker room following the 1975 hockey all-star game in Montreal.  After ten years at the Times covering sports and metropolitan news, she became a freelancer, then staff writer for The Washington Post on issues of health and science.  Author of Fusion: The Search for Endless Energy, Herman is now the Director of Communications for the Harvard School of Public Health.