He’s the face one million viewers turn to for the nightly news. He’s the face three precious boys look up to as they yell, “Hey, Dad!” What Nigel Robertson never expected to be was the face of ALS awareness. Yet with his father’s diagnosis and death from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the WYFF News 4 anchor has made it his mission to educate and assist Upstate patients with all types
of neurological disorders. On October 18, he’ll co-chair the fourth annual Greenville Polo Classic, raising funds for the G.H.S. Neurological Institute.
Your dad meant the world to you.
I had the coolest dad in the world. When he walked in the room everyone got excited because he was there. He was loved in every circle. It’s an honor to be his son.
He and your mom are from Trinidad and Tobago.
I’m a first- generation American, child of immigrants. I saw my parents become U.S. citizens. I always say, ‘Nigel, you better appreciate this country, because you almost didn’t have it.’
What was it like growing up in Ohio?
My dad was the plant supervisor at the General Motors plant in Lordstown. He and my mom gave up everything to come to America. I saw this country from a whole different perspective. That’s why I’m a political junkie. I love current events, and I love history because of that.
You came to the WYFF Newsroom in ’99. First impressions?
Instant family. It was senior reporters like you who took me under their wings, introduced me to right people, and really made me feel welcomed.
I would say then Senator Obama and Michelle Obama right before the South Carolina primary. I worked that for months and all the cards fell into place. I’m one of the few journalists in the world who’s had a sit-down interview with both of them together.