Tamara Robinson Taking Year-Long ‘Sabbatical’ From 13-WNET

Tamara Robinson, the vice president and director of programming at New York’s PBS flagship station Thirteen-WNET, is taking a year-long sabbatical.

Thirteen-WNET staffers learned of her imminent departure yesterday in an email from Neal Shapiro, the former president of NBC News, who took over as president of Thirteen-WNET back in February.

Ms. Robinson has worked at Thirteen-WNET for roughly 12-and-a-half years. During that time, she has played a major role in shaping Thirteen-WNET’s national and local programming.

According to a Thirteen-WNET spokesperson, Ms. Robinson needs time off to address "family business" and personal "health problems" and will continue to consult at the station from time to time over the coming year.

The sabbatical will officially begin January 1.

Ms. Robinson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.