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In the 1990s, Robin Roberts began hosting Sportscenter and appearing as a guest reporter on Good Morning America. In 2005, she was hired as a full-time co-anchor of the morning news program.
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Born on November 23, 1960, in Pass Christian, Mississippi, Robin Roberts earned a degree in communication from Southern Louisiana University and went on to become a sports reporter and anchor for a local TV station in Mississippi. At age 29, Roberts began hosting ESPN's Sportscenter and, not long after, appearing as a guest reporter on Good Morning America. In 2005, she was hired as a full-time co-anchor of the morning news program. In August 2011,
"I have been waiting 174 days to say this: Good morning, America!"
Roberts took a leave of absence from Good Morning America in order to undergo treatment for a rare blood disorder that she contracted after undergoing chemotheraphy for breast cancer. She returned to the show on February 20, 2013. In early 2014, Roberts officially came out as a gay woman.
Robin René Roberts was born on November 23, 1960, in Pass Christian, Mississippi. The youngest of four siblings and the daughter of a Tuskeegee Airmen pilot, Roberts spent her childhood cultivating athletic and academic success, graduating as her high school's salutatorian. Her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, became a local news anchor, and Robin followed in her footsteps, earning a journalism scholarship and a degree in communication from Southern Louisiana University.
Immediately after graduating from college, Robin Roberts used her unique combination of athletic talent and journalistic skill to become a sports reporter and anchor for a local TV station in Mississippi. She progressed and succeeded, moving every year or two to a larger city in the South as her popularity and experience grew: from Hattiesburg to Biloxi to Nashville, and then Atlanta.
At age 29, Roberts was hired by ESPN, where she hosted the network's news program, Sportscenter. Around this same time, she began making appearances as a guest reporter on Good Morning America, a show broadcast by ABC, a sister network of ESPN (both networks are owned by The Walt Disney Company).
In 2005, after years of contributing to both ESPN and Good Morning America, ABC hired Roberts as a full-time co-anchor of the morning news program. When Diane Sawyer, then an anchor on Good Morning America, was named anchor of ABC World News, the network's nighttime news program, Roberts and George Stephanopoulos served as co-anchors. Together, the two helped lead the show to the top of the competitive morning show ratings, beating NBC's Today show, which had held the No. 1 spot for more than a decade.
In August 2011, Roberts took a leave of absence from Good Morning America in order to undergo treatment for a rare blood disorder that she contracted as a complication of the chemotherapy she received for breast cancer in 2007. Roberts had a bone marrow transplant in September. On the day she announced on-air that she was sick with myelodysplastic syndrome, the website for Be the Match, a nonprofit organization that keeps a national bone marrow donation registry, experienced an 1,800 percent spike in donors.
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