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One of the most respected television anchors in the nation, Robin Roberts pulls in millions of loyal viewers each morning as the co-anchor of Good Morning America. A self-made journalist, Roberts’ bold leadership and authenticity have contributed to five Emmy wins for Good Morning America, not to mention a number of personal journalism awards for Roberts, including a Peabody and the recognition of being Reader’s Digest “Most Trusted Person on Television.”
Roberts’ career in broadcasting stretches back 30 years. After graduating college, she started off as a part-time sports newscaster at a local station and eventually moved to ESPN where she gained a national following. Her 2005 appointment as co-anchor to Good Morning America marked a renaissance in the program’s history, driving a rise in ratings that allowed it to overtake NBC’s Today show for the first time in 16 years.
Roberts has faced two major battles with cancer: breast cancer in 2007 and a rare form of bone marrow cancer in 2012. Hoping to use her disease to help others, she went public with her second cancer, documenting her treatments in a series produced by ABC. News of her illness spurred a 1,800% increase in bone marrow donors via the Match Registry, a nonprofit organization run by the National Marrow Donor Program. Her book, Everybody’s Got Something also details her battles with cancer and has offered emotional strength to millions of readers coping with illness.
Additionally, Roberts has become a leading advocate for LBGT equal rights and inclusion, after publicly coming out in 2013. She is the recipient of a National Leadership Award by the National LGBTQ Task Force, who cited her as “a role model for countless LGBTQ people.”
Robin Roberts is anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. Under her leadership, the broadcast has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning program.
When not traveling around the country or the world covering breaking news events, Roberts is at “GMA’s” studio in Times Square conducting interviews with a diverse group of newsmakers. Her headline-making interviews include: President Barack Obama; First Lady Michelle Obama; actor Sidney Poitier; basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his battle with leukemia; and Lisa Niemi on the loss of her beloved husband, Patrick Swayze.
In August 2005, Roberts found her personal and professional lives collide when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast – a part of the country Roberts called home for most of her life. In the days following, Roberts traveled to the hurricane zone and reported live amid the devastation of the storm. She has returned to the Gulf Coast numerous times in the ensuing years to update viewers on how residents and businesses in the region are recovering post-Katrina.
Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Her courageous and public battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including: The Susan G. Komen Foundation; The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program; and Gilda’s Club, a non-profit organization founded by the late Joel Siegel.
In March 2007, Roberts’ first book, From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By, was published by Hyperion. An updated version of the book, including an additional chapter on her battle with breast cancer, was released in 2008.
In June 2012, five years after the start of her’ fight with breast cancer, Roberts announced that she was battling myelodysplastic syndrome. She made a full recovery following a bone marrow transplant and returned to her broadcasting duties in February 2013. She was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2013 ESPYs.
Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was a standout performer on the women’s basketball team, ending her career as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,446 points).
A native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Roberts currently resides in New York City.
Journalist and news anchor, Robin Roberts advises graduates to put themselves in a position so that they will be able to achieve their dreams and work in an area that they are passionate about. Oftentimes, this may involve rethinking your goals and taking up new skills, something her own career trajectory exemplified.
As a young girl, Roberts initially dreamed of playing in Wimbledon, but she shifted her aspirations to sports journalism because she felt she did not have the ability to compete athletically on a professional level. However, her goal was still not easily achieved. She mastered a new position to get a basketball scholarship to fund college, djed for a country radio station on the weekends on the condition that they would let her do a morning sports program before her classes, and after graduation, took a low-paying part-time sports newscaster job over several better-paying full-time general news jobs which she felt would steer her off-course.
“I was dreaming big, but focusing small,” Roberts reflects. “We’ve got to see those day-to-day things that will ultimately get us to ours goal.”
Beloved host of Good Morning America, Robin Roberts encourages audiences to dream big but focus small on important details that will get you to that dream step-by-step. Whether detailing the hardwork and initiative that built her career or the mindset and fortitude that got her through two battles with cancer, Roberts inspires people to approach life proactively, position yourself for success, and find the strength and humor to get yourself through the bad. No matter what you’re going through, she reminds us, you’ve still got something to give.
• Dream Big – Focus Small
“Robin Roberts gave both a heartfelt and thought-provoking speech of the life lessons she continues to learn through her struggles with illness and adversity. By calling attention to dreaming big but focusing small, Robin was able to leave the audience with the key message ‘Everybody’s Got Something.'”
– Annual Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon
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Everybody’s Got Something
Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, “Everybody’s got something.”
So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts’s new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that’s been her life so far, and the lessons she’s learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through her difficult times.
Following her mother’s advice to “make your mess your message,” Robin taught a nation of viewers that while it is true that we’ve all got something — a medical crisis to face, aging parents to care for, heartbreak in all its many forms — we’ve also all got something to give: hope, encouragement, a life-saving transplant or a spirit-saving embrace. As Robin has learned, and what readers of her remarkable story will come to believe as well, it’s all about faith, family and friends. And finding out that you are stronger, much stronger, than you think.
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