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NBC anchor Aaron Gilchrist to talk at Robertson School Speaker Series

Aug 11, 2020

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Aaron Gilchrist

The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture is excited to announce its alumnus Aaron Gilchrist, anchor for NBC 4 in Washington, D.C., for its next Speaker Series event. The virtual event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. and will be live streamed.

The event will be live streamed as a Zoom webinar. Please click here to view the live stream at 6 p.m.

You will also be able to view the live stream on the Robertson School's Facebook page at 6 p.m.

Gilchrist will be answering your questions during the event. You can submit your questions before the event via this online form. You can also tweet questions during the event with the hashtag #VCURobertson. We will be asking as many of your questions as possible during the event. 

Aaron Gilchrist co-anchors News4 Today, the #1 morning newscast in Washington, D.C. He joined News4 in March 2010 as a weekend morning anchor and general assignment reporter. He moved to weekday mornings in April 2012. Gilchrist continues to provide special reports across News4 broadcasts and hosts special programs for the station. He’s been honored with four Emmy awards.

Before coming to Washington, Gilchrist spent 11 years in his hometown of Richmond at WWBT-NBC 12. He began working here as a desk assistant and worked his way up to morning anchor. He studied broadcast journalism at the Robertson School and taught journalism courses here himself after graduating. Today, Gilchrist commits much of his time to working with local youth organizations and talking to students about the value of education and a strong work ethic.

Gilchrist’s reporting and anchoring has covered many of the major events of the last two decades. In 2016, he covered the Iowa Caucuses and the Philadelphia Democratic National Convention leading up to the presidential election. He also provided live reports from the Republican National Convention in Tampa in 2013. Gilchrist has also contributed as a panelist in Virginia senate and gubernatorial debates.

During his time on the anchor desk in Washington, Gilchrist has guided viewers through tropical storms and blizzards, the retirement trip of the space shuttle Discovery to northern Virginia and the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. He also spent several days in Orlando and Las Vegas reporting on mass shootings in those cities.

Gilchrist has covered the funeral of Ronald Reagan and the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. In 2005, he spent several days reporting from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Two years later, he made several trips to Virginia Tech to cover the mass shooting there and its aftermath. 

This virtual Speaker Series event, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Robertson School professor and journalism sequence coordinator Dr. Mallory Perryman