Updated: May 8, 2007 - Robin Roberts at MHC
Robin Roberts, coanchor of ABC's Good Morning America, will visit Mount Holyoke Saturday, May 5, for a public discussion with Rochelle Calhoun, executive director of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association. She will also sign copies of her newly published book, From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By (Hyperion 2007). The event will take place in Chapin Auditorium from 3 to 4:30 pm. It is free and open to the public.
Roberts grew up on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, the youngest of four children. She was a basketball star in high school and for the Lady Lions at Southeastern Louisiana University. When she graduated from college, she was only one of three women to have more than 1,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds.
Roberts originally aspired to be a professional athlete, but realized she didn't have the ability for that. Instead, she set her sights on sports broadcasting. With a degree in communications, she began her career as a weekend anchor in sports at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, making $5.50 an hour. She moved on to stints as a sports anchor and reporter in Biloxi, Nashville, and Atlanta before taking a job at ESPN in 1990. At ESPN, she was one of the network's most versatile commentators, reporting on a wide range of competitions, including the winter and summer Olympics, the WNBA, LPGA, and professional football.
In 2005 Roberts was tapped to be coanchor of Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer. She has reported on many subjects, including the war in Iraq and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed her hometown of Pass Christian, Mississippi. She recently traveled to Africa with former President Bill Clinton to report on the AIDS epidemic.
In From the Heart, Roberts reveals the seven rules she has honored throughout her life. She attributes many of her accomplishments to principles she learned as an athlete. She writes, "playing sports, feeling the competitive drive, winning and losing--these experiences build self-esteem and character."
Roberts's visit is sponsored by the Department of Physical Education and Athletics; a grant from the Multicultural Community and College Life Committee, As Women of Color We Can: Be Healthy, Be Strong, Be One; the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts; the Alumnae Association; Mount Holyoke College Elders; and the Odyssey Bookshop.
Questions concerning this event should be directed to Tiffany Quash.