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“Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts to speak Saturday

For immediate release
April 3, 2006

Abilene Christian University's Centennial Speaker Series continues Saturday, April 8, at 7 p.m. with Robin Roberts, co-anchor of "Good Morning America."  Roberts will be speaking on "Putting Yourself in a Position for Good Things to Happen" during a dinner held in the Teague Special Events Center.

Roberts, a native of the Mississippi gulf coast, is one of the most versatile broadcast journalists and commentators in television today.  She has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years, often splitting her time between duties at ESPN and ABCNEWS.  A professed "woman of faith," Roberts has garnered several awards for excellence and for contributions to the image of working women on television, along with helping expand career options for women in broadcast journalism.

Most recently, Roberts traveled to Africa visiting cities and villages in various regions of the continent with former President Bill Clinton to bring viewers a first-hand look at the devastating AIDS crisis. She has covered an array of special events for "Good Morning America" ranging from the homecoming of soldiers aboard the USS Roosevelt to the Golden Jubilee at Buckingham Palace to the 25th anniversary of the papacy of Pope John Paul II in Vatican City.

Roberts contributed to the morning show since June 1995, becoming third anchor in May 2005. She has worked with ABC hosting "Good Morning America, Sunday" and "Prime Time." From 1990-2005, Roberts was a contributor to ESPN, hosting "SportsCenter," contributing to "NFL PrimeTime" and providing reports and interviews from the field. She also worked as play-by-play commentator and host of ESPN's WNBA games and specials, covered the Winter and Summer Olympics and hosted ABC Sports' "Wide World of Sports."

Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was also a standout performer on the women’s basketball team, ending her career as the school's third all-time leading scorer and rebounder. The inaugural Robin Roberts Sports Journalism Scholarship, created by the Women's Institute on Sport and Education, was presented at the 1996 NCAA Women's Final Four.

A distinguished journalist, Roberts has received numerous recognitions for her outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the field of broadcast journalism. In 2001, she was named "Louisiana Legend" by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, named to FIFA Women's World Cup Advisory Board in 1998, received the 1993 Excellence in Sports Journalism Award for Broadcast Media from the Northeastern University Center, and was inducted into the Women's Institute on Sport and Education Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1994.

General admission is $20, student tickets are $10, and student sponsorships are $10. Table sponsorships are available for $500 and include dinner for 10, a reception with Roberts and an autographed photo.

Tickets to the event must be purchased by April 4, and there are no refunds available within 72 hours of the event.

For more information about the event or ticket ordering, visit or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-674-2622, or toll free at 800-373-4220.


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