The University of Wolverhampton has presented the country’s longest serving regional news presenter with an Honorary Doctor of Arts.

ITV Central’s Bob Warman, MBE, was the country’s longest serving regional news presenter having joined ATV in Birmingham in 1973. He is a recipient of The Royal Television Society’s highest honour, The Baird Medal, recognising his ‘outstanding contribution to the Midlands television community’. 

Honorary awards are presented by the University of Wolverhampton to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise. Bob was born in Walsall and is a proud champion of the region.

He is President of the Birmingham Press Club, a Life Vice President of the Journalists’ Charity and a Patron of Acorns Children’s Hospice which has units in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester. His life in journalism began on a local newspaper, the former Walsall Observer, triggering a career lasting 56 years and witnessing the development of gathering and broadcasting news from the latter days of film into the digital age. 

Bob was appointed MBE in the Queens Jubilee Birthday Honours List 2022. He said: "To be recognised in this way is a huge honour. It's been a great privilege to broadcast in this region for so many decades and to receive a doctorate from such an institution as the University of Wolverhampton is the icing on the cake.

“It's a very proud moment.” The University’s graduation ceremonies is taking place at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton until Friday 22 September 2023. 

Graduates are encouraged to keep in touch with the Alumni team and take advantage of a range of benefits and support on offer to them including a discount for Postgraduate study and opportunities to benefit from mentoring, volunteering and career advice.