Dean Robbins is an editor, critic, and children’s author. He writes a nationally syndicated television column and reads his cultural commentaries on Wisconsin Public Radio. His picture book Two Friends Having Tea is forthcoming from Scholastic.
Dean is the editor of Isthmus, a weekly newspaper with a reputation for hard-hitting investigative reporting and authoritative arts coverage. Isthmus is a perennial winner in the Milwaukee Press Club Awards, Wisconsin’s premier journalism competition. Dean has won seven Milwaukee Press Club Awards himself for news writing and arts writing. He has also won a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.
Dean’s arts criticism and feature stories have been published nationally in dozens of daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, and magazines. He has interviewed Robert Redford, Yoko Ono, Ella Fitzgerald, Lily Tomlin, Joan Rivers, and other cultural figures. He wrote the essay on Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain for the Grammy Awards when the album was inducted in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Science’s Hall of Fame.
Dean lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife and son.