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Robin Roberts

2013 Speaker

Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Under her leadership, the broadcast won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program. In her role, she has conducted interviews with countless musicians, authors, athletes and celebrities. Roberts has also done extensive reporting around the globe. She was also the first journalist to interview President Barack Obama after he was sworn in as President. Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Her courageous and public battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country. Last year, Roberts faced another health battle. In June 2012, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), 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 joined forces with Be the Match to inform the public about the need for more donors, and since her diagnosis over 56,000 people have joined the registry. Roberts returned to the anchor desk on February 20, 2013, five months to the day since her transplant. In 2001, Roberts was named a “Louisiana Legend” by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013. In March 2007, Roberts’ first book, From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By, was published by Hyperion. In a new memoir to be published in April 2014, Roberts will tell the story of her battle against a life-threatening illness, the lessons she continues to learn, and her inspiring return to the GMA anchor desk.