With more than forty years invested in anchoring, reporting, writing and producing, and twenty-five years of teaching on a college level, Bob offers an exceptional level of skill and knowledge. He both excels at and enjoys sharing his extensive expertise.
Bob can customize his consulting and coaching to fit your needs, whether you require a classroom-like experience, or prefer that he meet one-on-one with staff members. He has a well-earned reputation for imparting valuable information in a caring, encouraging manner.
An anchor quits, is let go, or is out on leave. You're short-staffed and can't afford to pull a reporter off the street to fill in. That's where Bob can help you.
Bob can substitute for your anchor for a week, to a month, or longer. He knows the ropes, is a calm, competent presence, isn't after a permanent job, works well with others, and can hold the fort until your regular anchor is back or a new one is in place.
Whether you're a non-profit organization, a business, or provide a community service, you need to communicate your mission in an effective manner through broadcast, in print, and online. Bob has spent decades asking tough questions and was invested in strategic use of social media before it was commonplace. Combined with his twenty-five years of teaching college-level journalism courses, this makes him particularly well-equipped to help your spokespeople deal with the media. Whether you need to simply convey your core message or deal with unexpected situations, Bob can give you the necessary tools in a session tailored to your unique needs. After decades of working with police and the FBI through his "FBI Files" and "Fugitive Files" series, he has a particular interest in assisting law enforcement organizations. Contact him for more information.
Voiceovers and Industrials
If your organization is in need of a dynamic speaker, Bob can deliver a unique perspective on several varied topics. He has covered local, national and international stories for decades. Additionally, he taught college-level journalism courses for twenty-five years, served as the president of an international non-profit dedicated to the works of the monk and writer, Thomas Merton, and is currently chairman of the board of directors of a Byzantine Catholic seminary.
Whether you seek someone who can speak knowledgeably on media, current events, or faith-based topics, Bob is dynamic, informative, and knows how to engage an audience.
In addition to his decades behind the anchor desk, Bob has done voiceover and on-camera work for both the US government and private industry. He will bring a high level of professionalism to your project.
Bob anchored the prime weeknight newscasts on WALA-TV/Fox10 in Mobile, Alabama for 34 years, and has been a broadcast journalist since 1975. He is active on Twitter and Facebook, and was the first webmaster of Fox10tv.com. For 25 years, he taught broadcast and then multi-platform journalism on the college level.
In May, 2019, Bob was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Suncoast Chapter. According to the organization, "The Silver Circle Award recognizes individuals who have worked with distinction in the television industry...for a quarter of a century or more. The award is given to people who are worthy of recognition for the quality of their contribution to television in the Suncoast region."
In 2018, Bob was inducted into the Alabama Broadcasters' Association Hall of Fame, one of the very few on-air journalists who have been so honored.
In addition to his Alabama Broadcasters' Association Hall of Fame induction, Bob was named Best Anchor in the state multiple times by both that organization and the Alabama AP Broadcasters Association. He also received AP awards for Best Reporter and Best Producer. The Press Club of Mobile presented him with the John Harris Achievement Award for "a consistently excellent contribution" over a long period of time. FBI Director Louis Freeh honored Bob with the "Director's Community Leadership Award" for his series "FBI Files" (later Fugitive Files.) He recently received the Jo Ann Flirt Community Service Award from the Public Relations Council of Alabama - Mobile. Upon his retirement, the City of Mobile proclaimed "Bob Grip Day" in his honor.
Bob has served as the quizmaster for the HiQ academic competition for more than 30 years, hosting matches at fifteen area high schools each winter. He emcees the annual Drug Education Council luncheon, speaks at area organizations and churches, and shares his knowledge and experience as a guest speaker at classes in the Communications Arts Department of Spring Hill College.