Robert Joiner wore many professional hats during his long career in St. Louis print media. He moved to the Post-Dispatch after working as an editor for the St. Louis American. Donald Suggs, publisher of the American, credited Joiner with being one of the men who helped establish the foundation of the paper. During his 40+ years with Pulitzer, he was a beat reporter, Washington Bureau reporter, columnist and editorial writer. He was one of the founders of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists and is a member of the group’s Hall of Fame. After retirement he joined the staff of KWMU and the Beacon on-line operation where he specialized in medical reporting.