Robin Roberts Biography
Robin Roberts is an American TV Anchor/Reporter who is best known for anchoring ABC’s show “Good Morning America.” She has been seen in the program since June 1995.
She was the 1st openly LGBT woman and 1st woman of color to host Jeopardy! (the American TV game show). Roberts is a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and a Presbyterian. She was chosen as a mentor for Disney’s #DreamBigPrincess campaign on October 10, 2018.
She was a performer of the Barden Bellas in “Pitch Perfect 2” as a cappella backup singer/former member. Roberts has a production company known as “Rock’n Robin Productions”, which she launched in the year 2014. She was the narrator and executive producer of “Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage” (a one-hour documentary) that premiered on February 10, 2021, on History.
Robin Roberts Age
Roberts is 62 years old as of 2022. He was born on November 23, 1960, in Tuskegee, Alabama, United States. He celebrates his birthday on the 23rd of November every year.
Robin Roberts Height
Roberts stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 9 inches (1.78 m).
Robin Roberts Family
Roberts was born to her late parents, Lucimarian Tolliver (mother) and Lawrence E. Roberts (father). Her parents were in marriage for over 5 decades. Her mom was a best-selling author. She passed away in the year 2012 due to unknown reasons. Growing up, Roberts used to play tennis, basketball, and other games. In a presentation to the student body at Abilene Christian University in the year 2006, she credited her dad and mom as cultivating the 3 D’s: ‘De Lord, Determination, and Discipline.’
Robin Roberts Father
Roberts’s dad Lawrence E. Roberts was a famous American pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen. He was also a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, with 32 years of total military service. He was among the founding members of the oldest Gospel service in the U.S. Air Force, “the Keesler Air Force Base Gospel Service”. Lawrence was born on December 9, 1922, and died of a heart attack on October 12, 2004. He passed away at his home in Biloxi, Mississippi, and was buried with full military honors. Roberts was buried at Biloxi National Cemetery. Shortly after his death, the Mississippi Legislature drafted a resolution honoring his life.
Robin Roberts Siblings
She grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi alongside her 3 older siblings; Sally-Ann Roberts (sister), Dorothy Roberts McEwen (sister), and Lawrence E. Roberts, Jr. (brother). Roberts and her siblings were taught to live their lives without limitations by their late dad.
Robin Roberts Sister (Sally-Ann Roberts)
Sally-Ann Roberts is an American Author and retired broadcaster who served in news TV for 4 decades before retiring in the year 2018. Most recently, she worked for the CBS affiliate WWL-TV in New Orleans as an anchor. She is a 197 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She is 69 years old as of 2022 having been born on February 14, 1953, in Chandler, Arizona. Sally has authored 2 books: “Going Live: An Anchorwoman Reports Good News” and “Angel Vision” (novel). Robin and Sally have also co-authored “Your Power is On!: A Little Book of Hope” (an inspirational book). Sally is happily married to Ron Nabonne and they have one child, whose identity is unknown.
Robin Roberts Partner / Gay
Roberts is openly lesbian. She is in a relationship with Amber Laign (massage therapist). They started dating in the year 2005. Roberts publicly revealed her sexuality in late December 2013. Before she announced her sexual orientation, her co-workers and friends had known about her same-sex relationships. Equality Forum named Roberts one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month, in the year 2015.
Robin Roberts Salary
Roberts receives an annual salary of $18 Million for anchoring GMA, which she earns through working as an Anchor for ABC’s show “Good Morning America.”
Robin Roberts Net Worth
Roberts has an annual estimated net worth of $55 Million, which she earns through her career as an Anchor/Reporter.
Robin Roberts Education
Roberts graduated as the class of 1979 salutatorian from Pass Christian High School and then attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. She graduated cum laude from the university in the year 1983 with a degree in communication. Roberts got a scholarship to play basketball at Louisiana State University.
Robin Roberts Career
Roberts started her broadcasting career in the year 1983 when she served at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi as a sports anchor/reporter. After a year there, she joined WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi, and worked there for 2 years. She has served as a sports reporter/anchor at WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, and WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Roberts has also served as a radio host for V-103 in Atlanta.
Robin Roberts ABC News and ESPN
From February 1990 to 2005, Roberts worked for ESPN. She first joined ABC News in June 1995 as a featured reporter for Good Morning America (GMA). She began co-anchoring GMA in December 2009. In 2005 fall, she covered Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In 2009 and 2011, she served as the host of the Academy Awards preshow for ABC News.
Roberts starred as a guest on Hannah Montana in the year 2010 – season 4 episode 10. Also in the year 2010, she drove the Pace Car for the 2010 Indianapolis 500. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012. She was named among ESPNW’s Impact 25 in the year 2014.
Roberts interviewed Obama face-to-face on GMA in the Cabinet Room of the White House on March 2012. She was responsible for co-anchoring Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor in May 2018. She has hosted “Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts” (the Disney+ interview series).
Robin Roberts Health / Cancer
She got diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in the year 2007. On August 3, 2007, Roberts underwent surgery and she had completed 8 rounds of chemotherapy treatments by January 2008.
In the year 2012, Roberts was diagnosed with a disease of the bone marrow called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). A nonprofit organization, Match Registry, experienced a 1,800% spike in donors the day she announced her diagnosis. Roberts left the program Good Morning America for a bone marrow transplant.
She was recovering in her home by October 2012. On February 20, 2013, she went back to Good Morning America. She was awarded a 2012 Peabody Award for sharing her journey with the disease, which credited her for allowing the ABC network to build a public service campaign and document her battle with the “rare” disease.
Robin Roberts Awards and Honors
Roberts holds several awards and honors which she received in her career. WBCA honored her with the Mel Greenberg Media Award in the year 2001. She was awarded the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in the year 2014. She was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Roberts was the 10th person to be named an honorary Harlem Globetrotter (2015).
She holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from Radio Television Digital News Foundation. In the year 2018, she won the National Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award. She celebrated her twentieth anniversary with GMA – Good Morning America in April 2022, where an on-air celebration was held. In the celebration, she was honored with a plaque that featured her name on the Time Square grounds.
Robin Roberts Books / Author
Roberts has authored 4 books (published by ISBN);
- Brighter by the Day (2022)
- Everybody’s Got Something (2014)
- From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By (2008)
- From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By (2007)
Roberts and her sister Sally-Ann have co-authored an inspirational book, “Your Power is On!: A Little Book of Hope.” She also has an audiobook called “Everybody’s Got Something.”