Robin Roberts

Black History Month Spotlight: Legendary Handprints – Robin Roberts

In 1990, Robin Roberts joined ESPN—the first female African American sports journalist for the network—and within five years was also a regular contributor to Good Morning America (GMA). In her 15 years at ESPN, she contributed to NFL PrimeTime, and hosted SportsCenter and In the Game with Robin Roberts.

In 2005, Robin joined GMA full time as co-anchor. Since she joined the program, the show has won five Emmys® for Outstanding Morning Program and the 2017 People’s Choice Award® for Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team. For ABC, Robin has also hosted In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville, as well as ABC’s red carpet coverage of the Academy Awards®. Most recently, she served as executive producer for Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story (2020) and the History Channel documentary, Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage (2020).

Through Disney’s Hyperion publishing division, Robin released her first book, From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By in 2007, a compilation of rules and insights to overcome tough obstacles and become successful. A year later she produced an updated edition which included her breast cancer journey, From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By.

Among Robin’s many awards are the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism; the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award; membership in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame; the Women’s Institute of Sport and Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame; and the Radio Television Digital News Lifetime Achievement Award. She was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2019.