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Robin Roberts

2015 Speaker

ROBIN ROBERTS is co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Under her leadership, the broadcast has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program. She has conducted interviews with countless newsmakers, musicians, authors, athletes and celebrities, and has done extensive reporting around the globe. In 2014, Roberts was honored with the Walter Cronkite award for Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. She has also been on the Hollywood Reporter’s New York Power List, and was voted the “Most Trusted Person on Television” by a Reader’s Digest poll in 2013. In 2001, Roberts was named a “Louisiana Legend” by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. She was also named to the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup advisory board in January 1998. Roberts launched her new production company, Rock’n Robin Productions in September 2014, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks.

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Five years later she was diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as pre-leukemia. Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September of that year. She was honored with a George Foster Peabody award, Gracie award and CINE award for “Robin’s Journey,” reports on her MDS that inspired hundreds of potential bone marrow donors to register. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage award at the ESPY’s in July 2013.

Roberts’ first book, “From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By,” was published in 2007. An updated version of the book, including an additional chapter on her battle with breast cancer, was released in 2008. In her latest memoir “Everybody’s Got Something,” Roberts tells the amazing story of her courageous battle against a life-threatening illness, the life lessons she continues to learn, and her inspiring return to the GMA anchor desk. In 1983 Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a B.A. communications. She was a standout performer on the women’s basketball team, ending her career as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers and rebounder. @robinroberts