Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. A Columbia, SC native and graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, he has 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.
In April 2001, he 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 robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.)
Robert McDowell 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 he 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, he 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.
From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.)