KiMi Robinson joined The Arizona Republic as an entertainment reporter in November 2019.
Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, the Loyola Marymount graduate and multi-fandom enthusiast – who can discuss at length the merits (and demerits) of the “Twilight” franchise, Taylor Swift, One Direction and other icons of pop culture – has built a beat centered around up-and-coming artists, influencers and celebrities. Her first name is pronounced “key-me” and the capital “M” in her name signifies the two Japanese characters that make up her name.
Prior to moving to the Valley, she was an assistant correspondent for the Los Angeles bureau of Kyodo News, where she worked to develop and elevate the Japanese News Agency’s coverage of Asian American pop and culture in the United States. . Robinson previously interned for NBC Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter and Truthdig, where she reported on local news, the entertainment industry and politics, respectively.
While at The Republic, she reported on Arizona’s evolving but not always inclusive community of influencers, why learning to make boba tea at home was a source of solace during the pandemic, and how a salon Gilbert has become a TikTok meme.
She has also interviewed a number of reality TV personalities, including Mackenzie Dipman (“Love Island”), Demar Jackson (“The Bachelorette”), Joey Sasso (“The Circle”) and Joey Jay (“RuPaul’s Drag Race “), to shed light on their off-screen personas.