Profile Updated: July 14, 2015
Residing In: Raleigh, NC USA
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I am a Raleigh, NC-based part-time freelance writer, editor, and critic and a full-time webmaster for the N.C. Industrial Commission ( A Columbia, SC native and graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, I have written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. I current serve as theater editor for Triangle Arts and Entertainment (

In April 2001, I started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail performing arts newsletter that provides more comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro area of North Carolina than all of the other local news media combined. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.)

I also co-edited and supervised the production of "Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating" (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and I served as a fact checker for "Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead" (Pocket Books, 1991).

From 1980 to 1991, I worked for N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry (now the North Carolina Chamber) of Raleigh and served as associate editor and acting editor of North Carolina, a monthly business magazine that also covered economic development, government, education, and (sometimes) the arts.

Since December 1980, I have served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc. (, a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. I also maintain a list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.)

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Please call me "Robert." A few family members and old friends still call me "Bob," but they are definitely not in my will!

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