Robert says life as a BBC Parliamentary Correspondent combines his two main interests: politics and theatre, offering a front-row seat at many of the most dramatic parliamentary events of recent years.
Most of his career has been in broadcasting but he's also worked in print and, most recently, online journalism: he was invited to edit BBC News Online's general election coverage in 2001.
Robert has been an Environment Correspondent and spent several years as a network Political Correspondent for BBC News during the eventful final years of Margaret Thatcher's time in power, after a spell in Brussels and Strasbourg setting up a new post of European Reporter for BBC regions.
Memorable stories he's covered over the years range from the Brighton Bomb to the Heysel Stadium disaster in Brussels, the ousting of Margaret Thatcher, and the election of Tony Blair.
Robert's early career was spent on the Western Mail newspaper and BBC Wales in Cardiff.
Before that, he dimly recalls writing and directing student revues with Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, and getting laughed off the stage at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Away from parliament, Robert now runs a small pro-am theatre company specialising in open air productions, which reflects his irrational optimism.
David Wilby was born in former Speaker Betty Boothroyd's home town of Dewsbury in Yorkshire.
After leaving its grammar school he became a reporter on the nearby local paper, The Ossett Observer.
Over 30 years he has worked on weekly and evening papers and on Fleet Street. He also had a regular column on the old Titbits magazine where a fellow columnist was Ken Livingstone.
He joined the BBC in 1983 and has worked in Radio News and the Parliamentary Unit. He edited TIP and YIP before becoming a correspondent in 1995.
David has an English degree from Warwick University, where he met his wife Jane. They have three children, Laura, Kate and Alex.
You can hear Today in Parliament at 2330 this evening followed by Yesterday in Parliament at 0830 tomorrow on Radio 4.