Current Events & Perspectives with Deborah Roberts
Deborah Roberts has, and continues to, travel the world to cover breaking news and incredible stories making headlines today and tomorrow. Drawing from her decades of experience as an award-winning journalist, Roberts offers unparalleled insight and perspective on current domestic and global issues and their impact on us now and for the future.
Deborah Roberts' News and Views: In the Trenches with a Working Mother
As every working mom knows, the daily grind can be a daunting. Between growing kids and a demanding career, it's tough to find room to breathe. Deborah Roberts feels your pain. In this address, Ms. Roberts discusses the challenges faced by working parents, and tells you how she has been able to cultivate an outstanding career without sacrificing her family life.
Lessons in Leadership
Knowing the right leadership techniques has never been quite as important as it is today. Ms. Roberts shares the leadership techniques that she has refined as she has risen through the network ranks, from bureau chief of an ABC affiliate to correspondent for the top network newsmagazines.
Deborah Roberts receives rave reviews
Award-winning ABC News correspondent and renowned journalist DEBORAH ROBERTS receives rave reviews at each of her engagements thanks to her informative, inspiring, and genuinely engaging style. Able to shed light on everything from current events, to what it's like to be in the news trenches as a working mother, to empowering lessons on leadership and diversity, Roberts speaks with passion and humor, drawing on her extensive first-hand experience. Reviews from recent events include: "she was so warm with everyone and her smile is infectious. The speech was excellent," (Marketing Executives of Topeka); and "She was fabulous! Along with just being easy to work with, she was highly engaging and very inspiring... they loved her and her story. She had a long line of students who wanted to say “thank you” and to get a selfie... I found her remarks to be well-crafted with an excellent blend of personal stories and research (her journalism background coming through). She read the audience beautifully and challenged all to be invested in her remarks... She kept everyone in their seats to the end. She was relevant! One colleague noted that it was the fastest hour she had every experienced she was so engaged!" (Ball State University).
Deborah Roberts joined the ABC newsmagazine "20/20" in June 1995. Since then she has also served as a substitute anchor on Good Morning America and World News Weekend.
Roberts reports regularly on a wide variety of stories for the newsmagazine program and for "World News with Diane Sawyer."
She has reported from Africa on the HIV/AIDS crisis and orphans, and the CA wildfires, which earned her an Emmy award. She also was awarded an Emmy for her emotional, in-depth reporting on an Ethiopian American woman's journey back to Africa to find her mother and for her work with ABC's millennium coverage. Roberts also won a Clarion award for her coverage of abuse within the Amish community.
Roberts began her network career with NBC News in 1990 as a general assignment correspondent. She covered stories in the Atlanta and Miami bureaus of NBC News and later became a correspondent for Dateline NBC from the program's inception. She also reported from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, and from the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain where she earned an Emmy nomination for her coverage.
Previously, Roberts was the bureau chief of WFTV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando, Florida, from February 1987 to May 1990. She also served as the station's field anchor for NASA and as a co-anchor of the weekend news.
Roberts began her career in 1982 at WTVM-TV in Columbus, Georgia, and subsequently worked at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she was highly regarded for her coverage of the state legislature.
A 1982 graduate of the University of Georgia, Roberts was awarded the 1992 University of Georgia Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented annually to recent graduates who have excelled rapidly in their professions. She also earned a Sports Emmy nomination for her coverage of the 1992 Olympics; was cited as top local female anchor by the Orlando Sentinel; and was recently awarded the Clarion Award for her investigative story on the Amish.
Roberts resides in Manhattan with her husband, NBC weatherman Al Roker, and their two children.