Robin Roberts Biography

Updated On Jan 08, 2019 Published On Jan 18, 2016
Facts of Robin Roberts
Date of Birth: 1960 , November-23
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Name Robin Roberts
Birth Name Robin Rene Roberts
Nick Name Robin Roberts
Father Lawrence E. Roberts
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Tuskegee, Alabama
Religion Christian
Profession Journalism
Working For ABC News
Married Yes
Married to Amber Laign
Education B.A. in Communication, Southeastern Louisiana University
Online Presence Yes
Sisters Sally-Ann Roberts
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Robin Roberts is an American television broadcaster and anchor who came into the spotlight for being the anchor of ABC's Good Morning America. She is also known for being the news anchor of ABC World News.

Robin Roberts' Early Life and Education

Robin Roberts was born Robin René Roberts on November 23, 1960, and is currently 58 years old. She was raised by her Father; Lawrence and Mother; Lucimarian Tolliver and grew up with her siblings; Sally-Ann Roberts, Dorothy, and Lawrence E. Roberts.

Roberts graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Communication. She is of American nationality and belongs to the black ethnicity.

Robin Roberts' Career

Robin Roberts began her career as a reporter in 1983 for WDAM TV in Mississippi. After the success in WDAM, she appeared for WLOX TV in Atlanta from 1988-1990. While in Atlanta she worked for a radio station as well. After some years, Robin travels to Shanghai to Interviews Basketball star Yao Ming.

After the grand success in Journalism, Roberts debuted on television series from Wide World of Sports from 1961 to1998. Then, she appeared in several series some of them are; Good Morning America, Sports Center, ABC World News Tonight which is still Broadcast.

Then, Robin also appeared in some movies like He Got Game,  Love & Basketball, and many others.

Back in February 1990, she joined as a sportscaster on ESPN. She won Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2014. In 2018, she co-anchored the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Robin Roberts' Personal Life

Moving to Robin Roberts' personal life, she has always been maintaining a low-key profile. However, Robin is in a gay relationship with Amber Laign. Though the couple began dating back in 2005, they only announced their relationship in 2013. In the late December of 2013, Robin also opened up about her sexuality.

Robin has not disclosed much information about her partner. However, her partner, Amber is a massage therapist. It is not disclosed whether they are still together or has already broken up.

Robin Roberts' won Battle with Cancer

Robin Roberts is the survival of cancer. Back in 2007, Robin had to brush up with the breast cancer. She was in early life and went through the surgery on August 3 in the same year. She also had to go through numerous chemotherapies and radiation treatment.

Again in 2012, Robin had to go through bone marrow cancer. When the news of her bone marrow cancer got flashed in the media, the donors increased by 1800%. She fully recovered from her cancer.

Robin Roberts' Net Worth 

Robin is a famous television broadcaster. Besides being one of the famous television broadcasters, she is also widely known for her appearances in the television series, shows, and films. 

Robin Roberts' net worth in 2017 was reported to be around $25 million. As of early 2019, Robin Roberts' net worth is reported to be around $35 million and earns an annual salary of $18 million.

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Robin Roberts facts on timeline

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama

November 23 , 1960

Former sportscaster of ESPN, Robin was born as Robin Rene Roberts in Tuskegee, Alabama, United States of American on the laps of Lucimarian Tolliver and Lawrence E. Roberts. Her late father Lawrence was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen. She is an American.

Graduated from Pass Christian High School


As a child, Robin was active in several sports. When she was in Pass Christian High School, she used to play sports like basketball and tennis. She was also active in several other sports. She graduated from there in 1979.

Graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University


After completing her high school graduation, she joined Southeastern Louisiana University. There she majored in communication. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication in 1983 with cum laude. She then began following her sisters footsteps. 

Joined WDAM-TV


After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication in 1983, she joined WDAM-TV and began serving them as a sports anchor and reporter. Next year, she moved to Biloxi, Mississippi and then she joined WLOX-TV. She worked there for about two years.

Joined WAGA-TV


From 1986, she began working as a sports anchor and reporter at WSMV-TV. Two years later, she joined WAGA-TV where she also worked as a sports anchor and reporter. During that time she also worked as the radio host of radio station V-103.

Joined ESPN


After spending two years at WAGA-TV, she joined ESPN with the start of 1990. She worked there as a sportscaster. From 1995, she began working at ABC News as a feature reporter of the show Good Morning America.

Began dating Amber Laign


Robin is a lesbian. From 2005, she has been having same sex relationship with Amber Laign. Amber Laign is a massage therapist. At the end of 2015, she was also honored as one of the 31 Icons of 2015's LGBT History Month.

Was diagnosed with breast cancer


In 2007, Robin was diagnosed with breast cancer. On 3rd of August 2007, she underwent a surgery for breast cancer and it was successfully eradicated. She also did radiation treatment for about one and half months. Later in 2012, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome.

Published his first book, From the Heart


Besides having a prestigious career as a television broadcaster, she is also a great author. She has also published several books on her own. Her first book From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By was released in 2007 and the second edition of this book was published in 2008.

Won Daytime Emmy Awards


Daytime Emmy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the television world and it’s an honor if anyone wins this award. She has also once been honored with this award and that was in 2007 for Excellence in Morning Programming.

Won News & Documentary Emmy Awards


In 2010, she got nominated in News & Documentary Emmy Awards for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast and Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story - Long Form. She won this award from her later nomination.

Received Mel Greenberg Media Award


Till now, she has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and she has also won several of them. In 2001, she was honored with Mel Greenberg Media Award. This award is awarded annually by the Women's Basketball Coaches.

Net Worth


Robin Roberts' net worth in 2017 was reported to be around $25 million.

Net Worth and Salary


As of early 2019, Robin Roberts' net worth is reported to be around $35 million and earns an annual salary of $18 million.