She went on to become a sports reporter and anchor for a local TV station in Mississippi.
At age 29, Roberts began hosting ESPN's in order to undergo treatment for a rare blood disorder that she contracted after undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. In early 2014, Roberts officially came out as a gay woman.
(Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, ROBIN ROBERTS, MICHAEL PEï¿½, AMY ROBACH, SARA HAINESNEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actors Joe Manganiello (L) and Demi Lovato, Michael Strahan tape an interview at 'Good Morning America' at the ABC Times Square Studios on March 20, 2017 in New York City.
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Robin René Roberts was born on November 23, 1960, in Tuskegee, Alabama and grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
“I’m very happy for the support.” Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disease, in June of 2012, and took a medical leave from “GMA” to receive treatment, which included a life-saving bone marrow transplant in September.(Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, SCARLETT JOHANSSONGOOD MORNING AMERICA - Michael Strahan interviews Jake Gyllenhaal on 'Good Morning America,' Monday, March 27th, airing on the ABC Television Network.(Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) JAKE GYLLENHAAL, MICHAEL STRAHANGOOD MORNING AMERICA - Michael Peï¿½ is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Wednesday, March 23, 2017, airing on the ABC Television Network.Raven-Symone was in a relationship with a woman at the time, but the actress told Oprah Winfrey in 2014 that she doesn't want to be labeled as gay."I want to be labeled as a human who loves humans," she said.