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Robin Roberts Biography

Birth Place:
Alabama, United States
Anchor, reporter

Fast Facts

  • Father, Lawrence E
  • Roberts, was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and a colonel in the United States Air Force
  • Played basketball for Southeastern Louisiana University; ended career as one of the all-time leading scorers with 1446 points and 1034 rebounds
  • Joined ESPN in 1990 as a SportsCenter host, becoming the network's first on-air black anchorwoman
  • Named one of the NCAA's 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes in 2006; her No
  • 21 jersey was retired during a ceremony held in February 2011
  • In 2007, published the book From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By; re-released the book in 2008 to include her struggle with breast cancer
  • Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012
  • Announced that she had myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a blood and bone-marrow disease, in June 2012


  • Lawrence Roberts -- Brother
  • Lawrence E. Roberts -- Father
  • Lucimarian Roberts -- Mother
  • Amber Laign -- Significant Other
  • Dorothy Roberts McEwen -- Sister