Raoul Pantin (June 5, 1943 – January 15, 2015) was a Trinidad and Tobagojournalist, editor, poet and playwright. He penned six plays during his career. Pantin survived the 1990 Jamaat al Muslimeen coup attempt and terrorist attack, in which he and other employees of the Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT) station were held hostage for six days. He later chronicled his first-hand account of the coup attempt in a 163-page book, Days of Wrath: The 1990 Coup in Trinidad and Tobago.
Pantin was born on June 5, 1943. He studied at Fatima College, a Roman Catholicsecondary school in Port of Spain, and received his diploma in journalism from the Thomson Foundation in Cardiff, Wales. He also completed several seminars on journalism in the United States, including the University of Chicago.
Pantin began his career in journalism and broadcasting in 1962 at NBS Radio 610. In 1963, he joined the staff of the Trinidad Daily Mirror newspaper. He later worked as a business and political reporter at both the Trinidad Guardian and the Trinidad Express. Pantin was also a former editor for the Trinidad Express.
Pantin wrote the screenplay for the 1974 Trinidadian film, Bim, which was directed by Hugh A. Robertson and starred Ralph Maraj. He wrote six plays, including Hatuey, which has been staged throughout the country. He authored four non-fiction books, including “Black Power Day,” which explored the Black Power Revolution in 1970, and The Trinidad Express Story, a history of the Trinidad Express newspaper, and Days of Wrath: The 1990 Coup in Trinidad and Tobago, his first-hand account of the 1990 Jamaat al Muslimeen coup attempt. Additionally, Pantin’s published a collection of poems entitled Journey.
During the 1980s, Pantin was part of a team of journalists who are credited with expanding the coverage of the Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT), the only television station in the country at the time. Under Pantin and the other journalists, television cameras were allowed to film proceedings within the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago for the first time. Pantin hosted a weekly television program, Parliament Review, the first television show to report on Parliament with cameras positioned inside the legislative chamber. The filming of Parliament was pioneering at the time. Parliament is now widely covered through live television broadcasts today.