Robin Roberts (newscaster)

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Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts at The Heart Truth 2010
BornRobin René Roberts
(1960-11-23) November 23, 1960 (age 51)
Pass Christian, Mississippi, U.S.
EducationB.A. in Communication, Southeastern Louisiana University
OccupationNews anchor
Years active1983–Present
Notable credit(s)Anchor of SportsCenter (1990–2005)
TitleAnchor of Good Morning America
Website roberts
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Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts at The Heart Truth 2010
BornRobin René Roberts
(1960-11-23) November 23, 1960 (age 51)
Pass Christian, Mississippi, U.S.
EducationB.A. in Communication, Southeastern Louisiana University
OccupationNews anchor
Years active1983–Present
Notable credit(s)Anchor of SportsCenter (1990–2005)
TitleAnchor of Good Morning America
Website roberts

Robin René Roberts (born November 23, 1960) is an American television broadcaster. Roberts is the anchor of ABC's morning show Good Morning America.[1]


Early life

Robin Roberts on the red carpet at the 81st Academy Awards.

Roberts grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi, where she played basketball and tennis, among other sports. She attended Pass Christian High School and graduated as the class of 1979 salutatorian.[2] She is the daughter of Lucimarian Tolliver and Colonel Lawrence E. Roberts. In a 2006 presentation to the assembled student body at Abilene Christian University, Roberts credited her parents as cultivating the "three Ds: Discipline, Determination, and "De Lord."[3] She is the youngest of four children with siblings Sally-Ann, Lawrence, Jr. "Butch", and Dorothy. Her father was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen.[4]


Roberts attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, graduating cum laude in 1983 with a degree in communication.[5] She followed in the footsteps of her older sister Sally-Ann Roberts, an anchor at the CBS affiliate WWL in New Orleans.

Roberts noted on the January 13, 2007, edition of Costas on the Radio that she was offered a scholarship to play basketball at Louisiana State University but thought the school too big and impersonal after visiting the campus. On her way back to Pass Christian from that visit, she saw a road sign for Southeastern Louisiana University, stopped to visit and decided to enroll. The only scholarship left was a tennis scholarship, and she was promised that there would be a journalism scholarship by the time she would graduate. She went on to become a standout performer on the women's basketball team, ending her career as the school's third all-time leading scorer (1,446 points) and rebounder (1,034). She is one of the only three Lady Lions to score 1,000 career points and grab 1,000 career rebounds. During her senior season, she averaged a career-high 15.2 points per game. On February 5, 2011, Southeastern hosted a ceremony to retire Roberts' jersey 21.[6]

Broadcasting career

Roberts began her career in 1983 as a sports anchor and reporter for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.[7] In 1984, she moved to WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi. In 1986, she was sports anchor and reporter for WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee.[8] She was also a sports anchor and reporter at WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1988 to 1990. She was also a radio host for radio station V-103 while in Atlanta.

ESPN and ABC News

She joined ESPN as a sportscaster in February 1990 and became well known on Sportscenter for her catchphrase, "Go on with your bad self!" Roberts began to work for ABC News, specifically as a featured reporter, for Good Morning America in June 1995.

In 2001, Roberts received the Mel Greenberg Media Award, presented by the WBCA.[9] For many years, Roberts worked at both ESPN and Good Morning America, contributing to both programs. During that time, she served primarily as the news anchor at GMA. In 2005, Roberts was promoted to co-anchor of Good Morning America. in December 2009 George Stephanopoulos joined Robin Roberts as Co-anchor of GMA after Diane Sawyer left to anchor ABC World News Tonight, Under their partnership the Roberts-Stephanopoulos team led Good Morning America back to the top of the ratings and became the Number 1 Morning Show again after beating TODAY show in the ratings in April 2012 for the first time in 16 Years.

In the fall of 2005, she anchored a series of emotional reports from the Mississippi Gulf Coast after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina; her hometown of Pass Christian was especially hard hit, with her old high school completely reduced to rubble.

On February 22, 2009, she hosted the Academy Awards preshow for ABC and again in 2011.

Roberts has earned three Emmy Awards for her sportscasting work at ESPN.

On Season 4 of Hannah Montana (Hannah Montana Forever) episode 10"Can You See the Real Me?", Miley is interviewed by Robin Roberts after revealing she is Hannah Montana. Miley discusses her double life and relives some of her most memorable moments about her friends, her family, her dating life, and how she was able to manage two lives. On May 30, 2010 Roberts drove the Pace Car for the 2010 Indianapolis 500.[10]

Roberts is inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the hall's class of 2012 for her contributions to and impact on the game of women's basketball through her broadcasting work and play.[11][12]

Health status

On July 31, 2007, Roberts announced during the live broadcast of Good Morning America that she had been diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. She noticed a lump through self-examination the day they were working on Joel Siegel's farewell on Good Morning America. (Siegel died from colon cancer.)[13] Roberts underwent surgery on August 3, and six days later it was announced by ABC News that Roberts was planning to return to the anchor desk on August 13.

Roberts announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 5, 2007, that she was healthier now than before the cancer but still faces future treatment. She also revealed that a mammogram did not detect her cancer but a follow-up ultrasound did. Roberts shaved her head during chemotherapy treatment. She wore a wig on Good Morning America because she "didn't want to distract viewers from the news." On April 21, 2008, Roberts stopped wearing the wig. As of January 10, 2008, Roberts had completed her eight chemotherapy treatments. She then had 6½ weeks of radiation treatment, which was completed as of March 28, 2008.[citation needed]

In early 2007, Roberts published a book, From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By,[14] of which she said, "I'm a big believer that you have to put yourself in position for good things to happen to you." She discussed the book and her Christian faith on the CBN.[15]

On June 11, 2012, five years after the start of Roberts' fight with breast cancer, she announced on Good Morning America that she has MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome. Roberts also announced that her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, is an almost exactly perfect match for bone marrow, and the transplant will happen in either the late summer or the fall. She has stated that with the help of her faith, her family and her GMA family she knows that she will overcome the condition. [16]

Roberts began an extended medical leave from GMA after the August 30, 2012 program (a day earlier than planned) to get her bone marrow transplant and to attend to the health of her mother in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Her mother, Lucimarian Roberts (February 5, 1924 - August 30, 2012) died a few hours after Roberts' arrival the same day she began her medical leave.[17][18]

On October 11, 2012, Roberts went home from the hospital three weeks after undergoing a bone marrow transplant.[19]


  1. ^ Robin Finn (2011-8-5). "‘Law & Order,’ and Riverside Walks".
  2. ^ Robin Roberts Goes Back Home ABC News, September 21, 2005
  3. ^ Kilmer, Wendy (2006-04-15). "Robin Roberts enamors ACU crowd". Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  4. ^ "Good Morning America’s Roberts Flies in Honor of Her Tuskegee Airman Father". Tuskeegee University. November 18, 2003. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  5. ^ Roberts, Kimberly C. (2007). "ABC’s Robin Roberts Recalls The Relationship That Shaped Her Life" (PDF). The Philadelphia Tribune. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  6. ^ "Southeastern to honor ABC-TV's Robin Roberts with jersey retirement". Southeastern Louisiana University News Release. 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2011-02-05. The ceremony was in the Southeastern Louisiana University Center on February 5.
  7. ^ Austin College
  8. ^ WCHS ABC affiliate
  9. ^ "Winner of the Mel Greenberg Media Award". WBCA. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
  10. ^ Kelly, Paul (March 25, 2010). "'Good Morning America' Anchor Robin Roberts To Pace 2010 Indy 500". Indianopolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  11. ^ "Class of 2012 announced during the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game". Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  12. ^ Associated Press. "Staley, ABC’s Roberts among 2012 class of Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame". Washington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2011.[dead link]
  13. ^ Good Morning America July 31, 2007
  14. ^ Roberts, Robin (2007). From the heart: Seven rules to live by. New York: Hyperion. The revised edition: Roberts, Robin (2011). From the heart: Eight rules to live by. New York: Hyperion.
  15. ^ Ross, Scott; Richardson, Renelle (2011). "Robin Roberts: A Simple Child of God". 700 Club. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Robin Roberts Schedules Bone Marrow Transplant -- Friday Is My Last Day at 'GMA'". TMZ. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  18. ^ "Robin Roberts Moves Last Day on "GMA" Before Medical Leave to Thursday". ABC News/Yahoo! News. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  19. ^ Oldenburg, Ann. "Robin Roberts goes home from the hospital". USA Today. Retrieved 11 October 2012.

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Preceded by
Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer
Good Morning America co-anchor
May 9, 2005 – present
with Charles Gibson (until June 28, 2006), Diane Sawyer (until December 11, 2009) and George Stephanopoulos (since December 14, 2009)
Succeeded by