From coming out to the public to beating a rare disorder, she has crossed several milestones.
Among all the ambitious and competent television personalities, the story of one female host on a popular morning news program is particularly intriguing.
As reported by Biography, this popular newswoman was born in 1960 in Tuskegee, Alabama and raised in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
She graduated from the prestigious Southeastern Louisiana University and pursued her career in communication.
A few years later, the young woman made her first television appearance as a sports correspondent on ESPN’s Sportscenter.
She began to get noticed and was hired for occasional appearances in a national news show that would turn out to be a career-defining opportunity for her.
This is the story how Robin Roberts became a recognizable face in morning news on Good Morning America.
She was initially brought on as a guest reporter, but she gradually earned herself a permanent place among the panel of anchors for the show.
By 2005, Roberts was hired as a full-time co-anchor on Good Morning America. She and George Stephanopoulos were assigned to the show when its then-anchor Diane Sawyer moved on to host ABC World News.
The dynamic duo took the morning show to the next level, radically improving its ratings and breaking the records set by the decade-long champion, the Today show.
While Roberts’ career progressed, she faced a major challenge on the health front. In 2007, she underwent intensive chemotherapy to treat breast cancer.
Unfortunately, the aftermath of the complex treatment surfaced 4 years later, in the form of a rare and severe blood disorder.
Roberts’ had to take a long break from work to undergo a bone marrow transplant from her sister. She recovered well from the surgery and returned to the show after 174 days.
Roberts’ comeback was a huge success – the Good Morning America episode featuring her return had a viewership of over 6 million.
The acclaimed reporter went on to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs in 2013.
Roberts had never spoken about her deepest secret in public until January 2014. One morning, she shocked audiences by openly announcing that she was a gay woman.