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Deborah Ann Roberts (born September 20, 1960) is an American television journalist for the ABC News division of the ABC broadcast television network.[1][2]

Deborah Roberts
Roberts in May 2009
Deborah Ann Roberts

(1960-09-20) September 20, 1960 (age 59)
ResidenceManhattan, New York City
EducationBachelor of Journalism
Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
of the
University of Georgia
Years active1982–present
Notable credit(s)
20/20 correspondent
Dateline NBC correspondent
Lifetime Live host
Spouse(s)Al Roker (m. 1995)
WebsiteDeborah Roberts ABC News profile

Early life and educationEdit

Roberts was born in Perry, Georgia, to Benjamin Roberts, a business owner, and Ruth Roberts, a housewife. She graduated from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, with a Bachelor of Journalism in 1982. In 1992, Roberts was awarded the University of Georgia Distinguished Alumnus Award for her rapid success as a journalist.[3]


In 1982, Roberts began her career at WTVM, a local television station in Columbus, Georgia, and then she moved on to work at WBIR, a local television station in Knoxville, Tennessee.[4][5]

During 1987–1990, she served as bureau chief/NASA field reporter/weekend news co-anchor at WFTV, a local television station in Orlando, Florida. In 1990, she joined NBC News as a general-assignment reporter and later served as a correspondent for Dateline NBC, an NBC News newsmagazine program.[3]

Roberts moved to ABC News in 1995 as a correspondent for 20/20, a newsmagazine program, as well as an anchor for World News Tonight Weekend, the weekend evening news program, and for Good Morning America, the morning news program. In July and September 2006, she was also a guest host on The View, a talk show produced by ABC Daytime, a division of ABC.[6]

Roberts has won an Emmy Award and a Clarion Award for her reporting.[7]

Roberts has also contributed to other of the network's platforms, including Good Morning America, Primetime, Nightline, and The Katie Couric Show.

Roberts hosts Lifetime Live on Lifetime Television, a cable and satellite television channel.[8]

In 2016, the non-fiction book, Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times, written by Roberts and husband Al Roker, was published.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Roberts resides in Manhattan with her husband, Al Roker, whom she married in September 1995;[9] they have a daughter and a son. Roberts has a stepdaughter from her husband's prior marriage.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Simmons, Kelly (December 2006). "Alumni Profile: 20/20 Vision — ABC Correspondent Deborah Roberts (ABJ '82) Is at the Top of Her Game in Network News". Georgia. University of Georgia. 86 (1). Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
  2. ^ a b McClurg, Jocelyn (January 5, 2016). "Al Roker, Deborah Roberts write about their marriage". USA Today.
  3. ^ a b "Deborah Roberts: ABC News Correspondent". ABC News. October 14, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Leonard, Chuck (October 10, 2013). "WTVM 60th Anniversary: A familiar face on ABC News 20/20". WTVM. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  5. ^ "Deborah Roberts". ABC News. April 9, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  6. ^ "Bio: Deborah Roberts". BET. October 6, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  7. ^ "Deborah Roberts". ABC NEWS. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  8. ^ Oxman, Steven (March 8, 2000). "Review: 'Lifetime Live'". Variety. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "Al Roker and Deborah Roberts". The New York Times. September 17, 1995. Retrieved May 18, 2016.

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