Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts will be the recipient of the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School.
The school revealed that Roberts would be receiving the award on October 6 during a luncheon in Phoenix.
Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan said that Roberts has made an outstanding contribution to journalism and has shown an immense amount of courage.
Robin is a native from Mississippi and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University. Before taking her job as a news anchor for Good Morning America in 2005, Roberts worked for several years for other television and radio stations, including ESPN.
In 2007, Roberts fought a very public battle with breast cancer, and then a bone marrow disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome in 2012. After many lengthy treatments, Robin was able to win the fight, and recently wrote a book titled Everybody’s Got Something about her incredible journey.
Robin credits the thousands of friends, fans, and family members that took the time to pray for her as the reason that she overcame death twice in less than a decade. She also credits her long-time girlfriend Amber Laign for helping her through the hardest time of her life.
“Knowing that people from all walks of life and all faiths have taken the time to lift you up in prayer, and I know that’s a major reason why I’m here today,” Roberts said.
Roberts said she is currently happier and healthier than ever.
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