Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Robin Roberts was named third anchor of ABC News' "Good Morning America" in May 2005 At "Good Morning America," Roberts reports on a wide array of topics and issues for the morning broadcast. She has covered numerous special events ranging from the homecoming of soldiers aboard the USS Roosevelt to the Golden Jubilee at Buckingham Palace to the 25th anniversary of the papacy of Pope John Paul II in Vatican City. Roberts has also interviewed newsmakers from first lady Laura Bush to sports legends Tiger Woods and Shaquille O'Neal. Most recently, Roberts reported from Des Moines, Iowa, where she anchored a Town Hall meeting with presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). She has also traveled to Africa with former President Clinton to bring viewers a firsthand look at the devastating AIDS crisis in that part of the world. There, she and the president visited cities and villages around the continent to bring the story to "GMA" viewers. Roberts is also the only morning anchor to have ever broadcast live from inside a Navy submarine. In August 2005, Roberts found her personal and professional lives collide when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast -- a part of the country she has called home for most of her life. Roberts reported live amid the devastation in the days following the storm and launched "GMA" Gets It Done," a year-long initiative to get her hometown of Pass Christian, Miss., up and running. She has returned to the Gulf Coast numerous times to continue her reporting and update viewers on how residents, businesses and everyone in that part of the country is mending post-Katrina. In March 2003, Roberts traveled to the Persian Gulf Region to report from Kuwait on the impending war with Iraq. In March 2004, Roberts returned to the war zone, reporting on the one year anniversary of the war. Roberts has also reported on the practicality of sky marshals on airplanes; the impact of the World Trade Center attacks on the town of Rockville Center, N.Y.; the custody battle over 12-year-old Timmie Meldrum; and the controversial gentrification of Harlem. Roberts has contributed to "Good Morning America" since June 1995, and has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years. Other ABC assignments have included segments hosting "Good Morning America Sunday" and "Prime Time." From 1990 to 2005, Roberts was also a contributor to ESPN, where she was one of the network's most versatile commentators. Her assignments there included hosting "SportsCenter," contributing to "NFL PrimeTime" from 1990-1994, and providing reports and interviews from the field.