Robin Roberts

Acclaimed television news personality Robin Roberts first broke ground as the first African-American host of ESPN's long-running "SportsCenter" (1979- ) before gaining even higher esteem as the host of ABC's "Wide World ... Read more »
Born: 11/23/1960 in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

Oprah's Master Class: Civil Rights Special 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Thank You America! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

The Year: 2014 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Dancing With the Stars 2014 (Tv Show)

Judge

Good Morning America 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Nashville 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

Oprah Presents: Master Class 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

SportsCenter 1990 - 1991, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

20/20 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Host

The 2013 ESPY Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Afternoon America 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Oscars Red Carpet Live 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Oscar's Red Carpet Live 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Food Truck Race 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

America Celebrates July 4th at Ford's Theatre 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Hannah Montana 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual CMA Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

In the Path of Katrina 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished: Disappearance Down Under 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Love & Basketball 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Super Bowl XXXIV 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tournament of Roses Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

He Got Game 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 109th Tournament of Roses Parade 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Passion to Play: The Making of a Champion 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Passion to Play: The Women's Revolution 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 ESPY Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Olympians: A Golden Legacy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kentucky Derby 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Thrifty Car Rental Skating Spectacular 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Passion to Play: Stories of Women in Sports 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1990 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Davy 1969 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)
Producer (1)

Nine For IX 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Acclaimed television news personality Robin Roberts first broke ground as the first African-American host of ESPN's long-running "SportsCenter" (1979- ) before gaining even higher esteem as the host of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" (ABC, 1961-1998) and later "Good Morning America" (ABC, 1975- ). A former women's basketball star in college, Roberts worked her way up from regional television stations in the South to the overnight host of "SportsCenter" in 1990. The network was immediately impressed by both her professionalism and breadth of knowledge, and advanced her to hosting duties on "NFL PrimeTime Live." In 1996, she took over the anchor desk at "Wide World of Sports," but sought to expand her horizons beyond the sports market. An occasional contributing position at "GMA" blossomed into the anchor chair in 2005, which led to acclaimed coverage of Hurricane Katrina, among other stories. Her rocket rise to the top of her profession was halted briefly when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007; she successfully overcame that hurdle, only to be faced with pre-leukemia in 2012. Throughout her professional triumphs and personal hurdles, Roberts epitomized the intelligence, expertise and poise required for all great television journalists.

Relationships

Amber Laign

Partner
Revealed 10-year relationship with massage therapist Amber Laign.

Lawrence Roberts

Father
Was a pilot of the all-black U.S. Army Air Corps, also called the Tuskegee Airmen Died 2004

Sally Ann Roberts Actor

Sister

Lucimarian Roberts

Mother
Died Aug. 30, 2012, a day after Robin announced she was taking a medical leave from "Good Morning America" for a bone marrow transplant

Lawrence Roberts

Brother

Dorothy Roberts

Sister

EDUCATION

Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond , Louisiana 1983
Graduated cum laude

Milestones

2012

Co-authored My Story, My Song – Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith with her mother Lucimarian

2009

Hosted the "81st Annual Academy Awards Pre-Show" (ABC)

2007

Published the book From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By

2005

Promoted to co-anchor of "Good Morning America"

2000

Hosted the televised documentary series "ESPN SportsCentury"

1995

Joined ABC's "Good Morning America" team as a featured reporter

1990

Joined ESPN "SportsCenter"; often used the catchphrase "Go on with your bad self!"

1983

Launched career as a sports anchor and reporter for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, MI

Raised in Pass Christian, MI

Bonus Trivia

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On July 31, 2007, Roberts announced live on ABC's "Good Morning America" that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery the following month and completed treatment in 2008.

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On June 11, 2012, five years after beating breast cancer, Roberts announced on "GMA" that she had myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and needed bone marrow transplant. She revealed that her sister was a near-perfect match as a donor.

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