Robin Roberts: Biography
Robin Roberts has achieved well-deserved recognition as one of the finest TV anchors in the country. She was named news anchor for ABCNEWS' "Good Morning America" in April 2002 to which she has been a contributor since 1995. Roberts has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years. While her time has been split between duties at ESPN and ABCNEWS, the majority of her work since 2001 has been with Good Morning America and the news division. She has covered stories as diverse as the debate over stem-cell research, Internet adoptions and the gentrification of Harlem.
At ESPN, Robin Roberts is one of the most versatile commentators in sports news. Her assignments for ESPN have included hosting "Sunday Sports Day," contributing to "NFL PrimeTime" and providing reports and interviews from the field. She is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist. In June 1995, Roberts signed a new agreement allowing her to host ABC Sports "Wide World of Sports" while continuing to host ESPN's "SportsCenter." Roberts retains a prominent role in ESPN's women's college basketball coverage, continues to host the "In the SportsLight PrimeTime" interview program, anchors major tennis coverage for ESPN's "SportsCenter" and remains a primary reporter for ESPN's coverage of the Winter and Summer Olympics. Roberts has hosted ESPN's coverage of the men's NCAA Final Four, the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, LPGA events and the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. She has worked the NFL Draft and called the play-by-play of the East Regional Final in the Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Roberts joined ESPN from WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked as a sports reporter and anchor from 1988-89. She also was a morning personality on WVEE-FM, Atlanta's top-rated morning show. Roberts' broadcast experience also includes stints at WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tenn. (1986-88), WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Miss. (1984-86) and WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Miss. (1983-84).
Roberts began her broadcasting career while attending Southeastern Louisiana University where she graduated, with honors, in 1983. She also was a standout performer of the women's basketball team, ending her career as the school's third all-time leading scorer (1,446 points) and rebounder (1,034 points). She has received numerous awards. Roberts is active as a speaker for charity and civic functions and is very involved in a foundation established by her family to increase the number of mentors available for young people.
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