Robin Roberts Biography

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Robin Roberts
Our country has depended on media to know about news in the United States and all over the world for a great amount of time now. When broadcasting first began in the early 1930s, women were looked down upon by men but were rising up against that notion. It was also a time when African Americans were not treated as equal citizens. Racism in our nation still greatly existed. Despite the negative times, Robin Roberts became the first African American ESPN Sportscaster. The facts that she was a black woman who excelled in the media industry and in life, is incredible and something to highly admire. Robin Roberts was born in the great state of Alabama on November 23, 1960 in the city of Tuskegee. She did not grow up in Alabama,
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In July of 2007, Roberts’s life would forever be changed when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Robin faced surgery, eight rounds of chemotherapy, and six and a half weeks of radiation therapy ("Robin Roberts - Abundantly Blessed - CancerConnect News"). She was starting to lose her hair, so she just decided to shave her head. She took viewers with her and when they saw her tears as her hair slowly disappeared, they knew she was just like them, an ordinary person, facing her own battle. Robin thanked God, her family, and friends for helping her beat breast cancer. Five years later, she was faced with another health battle. In June 2012, she was diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as pre-leukemia (ABC News, "Robin Roberts ' Biography"). She left Good Morning America in 2011 to undergo treatment. Later Roberts had a bone marrow transplant after finding out her sister was a perfect match. On February 20, 2013, Robin Roberts made her first appearance on Good Morning America since she had begun treatment (ABC News, "Robin Roberts ' Biography"). The show received its best ratings in history that day. Roberts was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in July of 2013.
We have Robin Roberts to thank for being a person that gave a voice to blacks and women, not only in just the media industry, but also in the sports industry. She is a prime example that with a little faith and support, anything can happen. Broadcasting will always honor and remember the name Robin

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