Robin Roberts Biography, Age, Family, Partner, Children, Cancer, GMA and House

Robin Roberts Biography

Robin Roberts [real name] Robin René Roberts is an American TV broadcaster from Alabama. She is an anchor on Good Morning America that airs on ABC. She was born in 1960 in Alabama and grew up in Mississippi.

She attended Southeastern Louisiana University. She began as a sports anchor for local TV and radio stations. From 1990 to 2005 (15 years), Roberts was a sportscaster on ESPN. In 2005, Roberts became a co-anchor on Good Morning America. She was treated for myelodysplastic syndrome which was chronicled on the program, and earned her a 2012 Peabody Award for the coverage.

Robin Roberts Age

Robin Roberts was born in November 23, 1960 in Tuskegee, Alabama, United States and grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi. She is 57 years old as of 2017.

Robin Roberts Family

Roberts is a daughter of Lucimarian Tolliver and Colonel Lawrence Edward Roberts, Sr.. She is the youngest of four, following siblings Sally-Ann Roberts, Lawrence E. Roberts, Jr. (nicknamed Butch) and Dorothy Roberts McEwen. Her father was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen. In Pass Christian, Mississippi, she played basketball and tennis, among other sports.

Robin Roberts Husband | Robin Roberts Partner | Robin Roberts Girlfriend

Robin Roberts met Amber Laign a massage therapist in 2005 and that is when they began their romantic relationship. Even though Robert’s friends and co-workers had known about her same-sex relationships, this was the first time she publicly acknowledged her sexual orientation. And later in 2015, she was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month.

Robin Roberts (R) with her partner Amber Laign (L)

Amber Laign Robin Roberts

The couple has been together for a long time and while they’re certainly not hiding their relationship, Amber definitely keeps a significantly lower profile than Roberts her partner. This is so that even her Instagram is set to private! That said, Robin has revealed tidbits of info about her partner over the years.

She is a therapist specializing in treating people recovering from injuries. Amber studied at the Swedish Institute from 2008 to 2009, according to her Linkedln profile. She is also trained in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point massage. Apart from being a massage therapist Amber has also worked as a sales representatives for Berger and Stevens.

Robin Roberts Children | Baby

Roberts has no children of her own.

Good Morning America Robin Roberts

She began to work for ABC News, precisely as a featured reporter for Good Morning America in June 1995. In 2001, she received the Mel Greenberg Media Award, presented by the WBCA.

Roberts worked at both ESPN and Good Morning America, contributing to both programs for many years. At that time, she served primarily as the news anchor at GMA. She was promoted to co-anchor of Good Morning America in 2005. George Stephanopoulos joined Roberts as co-anchor of GMA in December 2009.

George joined Roberts after Diane Sawyer left to anchor ABC World News. The Roberts-Stephanopoulos team led Good Morning America back to the top of the ratings; the program became the number-one morning show again in April 2012, beating NBC’s Today, which had held the top spot for the previous 16 years.

Robin Roberts Height

The Good Morning America anchor has a height of  1.78 m.

Robin Roberts House

Robin Roberts lives with her family there is a time she reported that the family house was damaged, but they were fine.  She said that” after the broadcast, I remember taking my earpiece out and thinking, “I don’t have a job anymore.” Because it was a time when you didn’t show emotion like that.

Robin Roberts Cancer | Roberts Cancer Treatment

Roberts was first diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in 2007. On August 3, she underwent surgery and by January 2008 she had completed eight chemotherapy treatments, followed by 6½ weeks of radiation treatment.

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Robin Roberts Health

After she was through with cancer treatment Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in 2012. Myelodysplastic is a disease of the bone marrow. When Roberts went public with her illness, ‘Be the Match Registry’, a non profit organization run by the National Marrow Donor program experienced an 1,800% spike of donors. Roberts took a leave from GMA and went for a bone marrow transplant in October 2012 and by February 20 2013 she returned to GMA. She received a 2012 Peabody Award for the program.

She was also credited by The Peabody citation for “allowing her network to document and build a public service campaign around her battle with the rare disease and inspiring hundreds of potential bone marrow donors to register and heighten awareness of the need for even more donors. Later the ESPN awarded its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Roberts at the 2013 ESPYs.

Robin Roberts Baseball

Robin Roberts was offered a scholarship to play basketball at Louisiana State University but she thought the school was too big and impersonal after visiting the campus. When she was returning from that visit she saw a road sign for Southeastern Louisiana University, she stopped to visit and decided to enroll. In The University the only scholarship left was a tennis scholarship and she was promised that there would be a journalism scholarship by the time she would graduate.

Robert became a standout performer on the women’s basketball team ending her career as the school’s third all-time leading scorer (1,446 points) and re-bounder (1,034). She is one of only three Lady Lions to score 1,000 career points and grab 1,000 career rebounds. In her senior season, Robert averaged a career-high 27.6 points per game. On February 5, 2011, Southeastern organized a ceremony to retire Roberts’ number 21 jersey.

Robin Roberts Salary

The American television broadcaster earns a salary of $18 million according to Forbes.

Robin Roberts Book

  • From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By (1st ed.). New York: Hyperion Books. ISBN 978-1401303334. (2007)
  • From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By. New York: Hyperion Books. ISBN 978-1401309589. (2008)
  • Everybody’s Got Something. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 978-1455578450. (2014)

Robin Roberts Everybody’s Got Something

This book is a commentary of Robin Robert’s life. Roberts as the author has seen so much during the decades that she has been alive and she attempts to use this book to tell readers about the journey she has walked and how she walked it, not to mention everything she learned as a result.

The most determining aspect of the book is its exploration of Roberts ‘s battle with breast cancer. She has written about her victory over that particular hurdle and the sensation of disappointment she felt when she was struck by another rare illness just five years later, an illness that required her to get a bone marrow transplant.

Robin Roberts Quotes

Here are some of the quotes Roberts used in her books:

  • “Being optimistic is like a muscle that gets stronger with use. Makes it easier when the tough times arrive. You have to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel.”
    ― Robin Roberts, Everybody’s Got Something
  • “Life is not so much what you accomplish as what you overcome.”
    ― Robin Roberts
  • “Thank God I could say that I had truly enjoyed the journey, because if I had saved all of my joy for the destination, I would have missed it. We are all so focused on getting “there,” but you have to be careful. Sometimes, I sense a lot of times, “there” ends up feeling different than you expected.”
    ― Robin Roberts, Everybody’s Got Something
  • “Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us-but the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning.”
    ― Robin Roberts, Everybody’s Got Something
  • “I feel it’s okay to get angry with God. He can take it. Just don’t stay angry. It takes courage to believe that the best is yet to come. I hold steadfast to that belief, especially when I come face-to-face with adversity.”
    ― Robin Roberts, Everybody’s Got Something
    Make your mess your message,” Momma liked to say. And I did.”
    ― Robin Roberts, Everybody’s Got Something

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Michelle Obama gives Robin Roberts a Chicago tour ahead of memoir release

Adopted from: chicagotribune.com
Published: 6 November 2018

Former first lady Michelle Obama and “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts visited Obama’s childhood home on the South Side and her Near West Side high school last week for an ABC network special tied to Obama’s forthcoming memoir.

“Becoming Michelle: A First Lady’s Journey with Robin Roberts – A Special Edition of 20/20” is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Sunday. Obama is also slated to speak to Roberts live from Chicago on “GMA” on Nov. 13, the day “Becoming” is to be released.

The book is expected to cover Obama’s journey from growing up in the South Shore community to becoming the first African-American first lady. Obama’s book tour is scheduled to kick off Nov. 13 at the United Center with a conversation moderated by Oprah Winfrey.

Representatives for ABC said Obama surprised some students at her alma mater, Whitney Young Magnet High School, on Thursday with free tickets to her book tour. Live Nation said 10 percent of the tickets for each of Obama’s shows would be donated to charities, schools and community groups in each city. Tickets for the United Center stop start at $575 each, according to a Monday check of the Ticketmaster website.

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