Robert S. Riggs

Class Year
1971
Award Year
2001
Degree
ARCH
Profession
Journalism
Biography
Robert Riggs '71 (ARCH) Corrupt politicians and garden-variety scoundrels knew they were in for a bad day upon hearing the ominous announcement, "Robert Riggs is here to see you!" Robert received the George Foster Peabody Award, the highest award bestowed on television programs for his reporting. The targets of his investigative reports often broke into heavy beads of sweat and stared speechless into the camera under his gotcha questions. His signature exclusive reports aired on CBS Sixty Minutes and ABC's Nightline. Robert was honored to also receive three Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Journalism Awards that are television's equivalent of the Pulitzer. Robert was an embedded reporter with the lead Army ground unit during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and also covered the first Gulf War. His reporting included coverage of The White House, Congress, Pentagon, Texas Legislature and countless stories that made national news. Robert advises companies and broadcast news organizations on how to use search engine marketing and visual social media to connect to online audiences. He is a co-host of "The Texas Daily", a television news talk show on KTXD-TV in Dallas. After graduating from Texas A&M in 1971, Robert served as a legislative assistant and committee investigator for the late Congressman Wright Patman of Texas. As Chief Investigator for the Joint Committee on Defense Production, he directed inquiries into abuses stemming from the Watergate scandal. Robert’s Aggie legacy began with his late uncle and namesake, Robert O. Sims, Class of 1944 who received the Silver Star and Bronze Star during World War II. Robert started the endowment for the Alan Stacell Creativity Fund in the College of Architecture that supports student projects outside of the classroom and he made the initial contribution to help start the endowment for the Professor Rodney Hill Professorship in Architecture. His son Patrick is Class of 2011 and daughter Katherine Lee is Class of 2013. Like any true Texan, Robert is happiest when is horse back riding.
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