|Robin Roberts Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||November 23, 1960|
Robin Roberts is an American broadcaster, TV anchor, author, producer, and former basketball player, best known as one of the anchors for ABC’s news, talk-show Good Morning America starting in 2005. Before she joined ABC, Robin was a sports anchor for local TV and radio stations such as WDAM-TV (1983), WLOX-TV (1984-1986), and an anchor and reporter for WSMV-TV (1986-1988). Between 1988 and 1990, Robin was a sports anchor and reporter for WAGA-TV and briefly worked as a radio host for the V-103 radio station in 1990. In February 1990, she began working as a sportscaster for ESPN and did so until 2005, and was also a featured reporter for Good Morning America in 1995. She continued working continually for both ABC and ESPN until 2005 when she was named a co-anchor of Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos.
Robin is also an actress and has appeared in TV series such as Last Man Standing (2016), Nashville (2015-2016), Empire (2018), and For The People (2019), and in movies Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), and borrowed her voice to a character of Robin Roberts in the The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017). She is also a prolific author of lifestyle, sports, and motivational books such as Basketball the Right Way (2000), Basketball Year: What It’s Like to Be a Woman Pro (2000), and Careers for Women Who Love Sports (2000). Robin also published books From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By (2007) and From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By (2008). In 2012, she published My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith (2012) based on her mom’s memoir, as well as Everybody’s Got Something in 2014, which was also turned into an audiobook the same year. Robin has also amassed a large fanbase online with more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter and more than 800k followers on Facebook.
Robin René Roberts
Tuskegee, Alabama, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Robin attended Pass Christian High School in Pass Christian, Mississippi, United States, and graduated as the class of 1979 salutatorian.
After she was awarded a tennis scholarship, Robin enrolled in Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, United States, and graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in communication in 1983.
Broadcaster, TV Anchor, Author, Actress, Producer, Former Basketball Player
- Father – Lawrence E. Roberts (Colonel, Pilot for the Tuskegee Airmen in the United States Air Force) (Deceased, 2004)
- Mother – Lucimarian (née Tolliver) Roberts (Social Worker, Educator, Chairperson of the Mississippi Board of Education) (Deceased, 2012)
- Siblings – Sally-Ann Roberts (Older Sister) (Former TV Anchor, Author), Lawrence Jr. “Butch” Roberts (Older Brother), Dorothy Roberts (Older Sister) (Sociologist, TV Personality)
- Others – Salleigh Theresa (Niece), Lawrence (Nephew), Jeremiah Craft (Nephew) (Actor). She also has 5 other nieces and nephews.
Robin Roberts is represented by –
- Rock’n Robin Productions (Company) in New York City, New York, United States
- William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment (Talent Agent) in Beverly Hills, California, United States, and New York City, New York, United States
- IMG Media (Talent Agent Personal Appearance) in London, England, United Kingdom, and New York City, New York, United States
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Robin Roberts has dated –
- Amber Laign (2005-Present) – In July 2005, Robin began dating Amber, who worked closely with fashion at the time. Even though her close family, friends, and co-workers knew of it, she didn’t publicly announce her sexual orientation until late December 2013. When she got diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and underwent therapy for it, she reported, “I barely had 2 hairs on my head, and Amber helped take care of me.” One day, Amber came to the apartment and told Robin that she quit her job in the fashion industry and realized that her true calling was to become a massage therapist and help heal people that desperately need it. On July 26, 2019, the two celebrated their 14th anniversary at the Napa Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States with their close friends.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of African-American descent.
She has dyed her hair ‘Dark Brown,’ ‘Black,’ and ‘Red’ in the past.
- Tall height
- Prominent cheekbones
Robin has supported organizations or charities such as –
- WebMD, segments Future of Health (2015), The Cutting Edge of Cancer (2017)
- Be the Match Registry (2012)
- Thriver Thursday (2019)
She has also appeared in the role of a mentor for the Disney’s #DreamBigPrincess campaign in October 2018.
She declares herself as Presbyterian and is also a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation.
Best Known For
- Being a co-anchor of the ABC news, talk-show Good Morning America starting in 2005, and a sportscaster for ESPN for 15 years between 1990 and 2005
- Winning numerous awards related to journalism, basketball, same-s*x relationships, and coverage of her own battle with cancer in 2007 and 2012
- Her roles in movies Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) as Former Bella, The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) as the voice for Robin Roberts
- Her social media fanbase with more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter, more than 800k followers on Facebook, and more than 600k followers on Instagram
Robin Roberts made her first theatrical film appearance as Former Bella in the comedy, music film Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015.
As a voice actress, Robin Roberts made her first theatrical film appearance as Robin Roberts in the animated action-adventure film The Lego Ninjago Movie in 2017.
First TV Show
Robin Roberts made her first TV show appearance as ‘Herself’ in an episode of the news, sports, talk-show series NFL Primetime in 1987.
Robin is an early riser, and gets up at 3:15 A.M. every morning, and watches the news on TV for about 10 minutes to catch up, and then meditates for 20 minutes. She found out about meditation from her Good Morning America co-anchor, George Stephanopoulos, who she noted managed to stay calm despite a crazy work schedule. Before Robin goes out the door, she says a prayer of protection. She also stated that she never drinks coffee, and instead drinks plenty of water on her drive to the studio, while she opts for fermented tea (kombucha) during the breaks in-between filming. Robin also cannot have an early breakfast, and prefers eating vitamin gummies in the morning, but does eat a calorie-dense meal at the studio between 8 A.M. and 9 A.M.
Robin also has a habit of blowing a kiss to her mom and dad before she enters the studio, because she used to call her mom every morning prior to her passing away in 2012. In addition, Robin wasn’t one of those people that claimed cancer was the best thing that happened to her, as she already never smoked, ate right, and drank alcohol in moderation prior to 2007. However, being in shape helped her endure all of the treatments and made her stronger for it and taught her how to aid her recovery, and keep her workouts interesting.
For example, she switches between normal cycling in nature, and an online program called Peloton. The program is a newer invention that allows her stationary bike to connect digitally to a competitive cycling class and adapt her cardio intensity based on how she feels on that particular day. Whenever she is in the mood for a switch, Robin also goes to yoga or pilates classes, because her bone structure and organism changed after her cancer treatment. After the workouts, she tends to take a 20-minute nap and swears that 20 to 30 minutes of Transcendental Meditation feels like 5 hours of sleep to her.
Robin Roberts Favorite Things
- Books – Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman, Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander, Sum It Up by Pat Summitt, Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup/David Wilson
- Authors She Interviewed – Danielle Steel, Patricia Cornwell, Andy Andrews
- Sports Books Authors – U.C.L.A. Coach John Wooden, N.F.L. Coach Tony Dungy
- Journalism Book – The Real McKay by Jim McKay
- Books That Made Her Laugh – Cosbyology, I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby
- Childhood Book – Charlotte Webb by Dr. Seuss
- Literary Hero – Dr. Maya Angelou
- Mantra – “I have to change the way I think in order to change the way I feel.”
- Personal Quote – “I want to give people hope, To know there is another day. I can be fearful or fearless. I choose to be fearless.”
Robin Roberts Facts
- She was born in Alabama but grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi, United States.
- Growing up, Robin played tennis and basketball and a plethora of other sports.
- In 2016, Robin stated that, in her early childhood, her parents taught her the “3 Ds – Discipline, Determination, and De Lord.”
- Her mom was a musician and played the piano and sang her whole life.
- Whenever she would leave the house as a young teen, her mom would stop her and tell her: “Robin René, you know right from wrong”. This was the best advice anyone had ever given her and helped her judge many situations in life.
- Robin was once offered a basketball scholarship from the Louisiana State University. She declined it because she thought the school was too big and impersonal for her. On her way home, she spotted a road sign for Southeastern Louisiana University, visited, and enrolled soon after.
- Even though there was only a tennis scholarship available at Southeastern Louisiana University, she was promised a journalism scholarship later on.
- While at the university, she was a part of the women’s basketball team. Robin ended her career as the 3rd all-time leading scorer with 1446 points and rebounder with 1034. This was also the record-breaking feat, as she was only 1 out of 3 Lady Lions to have both career points and career rebounds scores over 1k.
- Robin finished her senior season with a career-high 27.6 points per game. Her jersey, number 21, was retired on February 5, 2011.
- Robin was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as the class of 2012 for her contribution and impact to the sport through journalism and broadcasting, but also actual playing.
- Robin was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in 2007. She underwent successful surgery on August 3, 2007, 8 rounds of chemotherapy in January 2008, and radiation treatment for the next 2 months, after which she entered remission.
- She was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a form of cancer, in 2012. Her sister donated her bone marrow to her, and after Robin spoke of it publicly, the number of bone marrow donors increased by 1800%. Robin left Good Morning America in late 2012 but still publicly covered her battle with the disease. For her coverage and positivity through the process, she received a Peabody Award within the same year. She resumed her role as a TV co-anchor on February 20, 2013.
- Robin was presented the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award by a well-known basketball player LeBron James on July 2013.
- She won the Walter Cronkite Award for “Excellence in Journalism” in 2014.
- Robin was the 10th person to receive an honorary Harlem Globetrotter Award from the exhibition basketball team in 2015.
- As the class of 2016, Robin was also inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
- As an anchor, she has covered Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018.
- She has a group chat with her friends under the name “Magnificent Seven”. However, she admits that she doesn’t read all of it, and isn’t a big texter or e-mail person. She prefers to call people and talk.
- On June 24, 2019, Robin received an NBA Sager Strong Award at a ceremony in Santa Monica, California, United States. It is presented each year to an “individual who has been a trailblazer while exemplifying courage, faith, compassion, and grace.”
- In August 2021, Robin announced that she was taking a break from hosting Good Morning America for a few weeks.
- In January 2022, Robin revealed that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
- In February 2022, Robin revealed that her longtime partner Amber Laign was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021. She later underwent surgery in January 2022 and started chemotherapy in February 2022.
- Visit her official website @ rocknrobin.tv/robin-roberts.
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