Amy Robach

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Amy Robach
Amy Robach.jpg
Robach co-hosts NBC's Today Show from Rockefeller Center on October 13, 2008
Born (1973-02-06) February 6, 1973 (age 47)
EducationBroadcast Journalism
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
OccupationAnchor; correspondent
Years active2003–present
Notable credit(s)
Weekend Today
News Anchor (2003–2007)
Saturday Anchor (2007–2012)
Today National Correspondent (2007–2012)
ABC News Contributing Correspondent and Substitute Anchor (2012–present) and Good Morning America News Anchor (2014–2018)
20/20 Co-Anchor (2018-present)
Good Morning America Breaking News Anchor (2018-present)
Spouse(s)Tim Macintosh (1996–2008)
Andrew Shue (2010–present)
Children2 daughters, 3 stepsons[1]
RelativesMatt Lindahl (cousin)[2][3][4]

Amy Joanne Robach (born February 6, 1973) is a television presenter for ABC News. She is the co-anchor of 20/20 and the breaking news anchor/fill-in anchor for Good Morning America. She was a national correspondent for NBC News, co-host of the Saturday edition of NBC's Today, and anchor on MSNBC. Since May 2018, she has been the co-anchor of 20/20 alongside David Muir.

Early life[edit]

Born in St. Joseph, Michigan, Robach grew up in East Lansing, Michigan before moving to St. Louis, Missouri. Her family moved again to Georgia where she attended high school and college. She graduated from Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, and from the University of Georgia with high honors in broadcast journalism.[2] She was 4th runner-up in the 1995 Miss Georgia pageant.[5]

Career[edit]

Robach worked at WTTG in Washington, D.C., then came to MSNBC in 2003 where she spent four years, including a stint anchoring two hours in the morning, and filling in on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Morning Joe. She was named co-anchor of Weekend Today in July 2007. Her last day on Weekend Today was May 19, 2012,[6] when she announced she would be moving to ABC News.[1][6]

Robach initially appeared on ABC's Good Morning America as a correspondent.[7] She became the show's news anchor on March 31, 2014. In 2018, Robach became the new co-anchor of 20/20 .[8]

In March 2020, Robach began hosting Pandemic: What You Need To Know on ABC, a daytime program initially focused on the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and airing in place of Strahan, Sara & Keke.[9] The program later replaced Strahan, Sara & Keke indefinitely as GMA3: What You Need To Know, with Robach continuing as host.[10][11]

Jeffrey Epstein story[edit]

On November 2, 2019, Project Veritas released a late August 2019 "hot mic" incident in which Robach discusses ABC shutting down her story on billionaire convicted sex offender and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in 2015. Robach's comments came just two days after an NPR story disclosed the existence of an on-camera interview with Virginia Roberts Giuffre and ABC's failure to broadcast it. Giuffre says she was sexually trafficked by Epstein to powerful men including Prince Andrew — a claim the Duke of York has strenuously denied. In a "hot mic" video, Robach was recorded on set for ABC's Good Morning America voicing the following statements:

"I've had the story for three years," Robach says in the video. "We would not put it on the air. Um, first of all, I was told, 'Who was Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story.' Then the palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways." Robach goes on to say that Giuffre alluded to others in the interview, including former President Bill Clinton, Harvard University law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz and Epstein's former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre has made similar accusations against all of them also in court documents. (All deny any wrongdoing or involvement in Epstein's sex trafficking.) Giuffre has said in court papers that she saw Clinton in Epstein's presence but did not witness Clinton participate in any sexual activity.[12]

"I tried for three years to get it out to no avail, and now these new revelations and — I freaking had all of it," Robach says on the tape. "I'm so pissed right now. Like, every day I get more and more pissed, 'cause I'm just like, 'Oh my God! It was — what we had, was unreal.' "[12]

Robach further stated: “One of the reasons an interview with Roberts was not broadcast was because, we were so afraid we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and Will, so I think that had also quashed the story.”[13]

Robach responded to the leaked video with this statement: "As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration. I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts didn’t air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC’s editorial standards about her allegations. My comments about Prince Andrew and her allegation that she had seen Bill Clinton on Epstein's private island were in reference to what Virginia Roberts said in that interview in 2015. I was referencing her allegations—not what ABC News had verified through our reporting. The interview itself, while I was disappointed it didn't air, didn't meet our standards. In the years since no one ever told me or the team to stop reporting on Jeffrey Epstein, and we have continued to aggressively pursue this important story." [14]

ABC News issued a statement, asserting: "At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story. Ever since, we’ve had a team on this investigation and substantial resources dedicated to it. That work has led to a two-hour documentary and 6-part podcast that will air in the new year."[14]

Personal life[edit]

Family[edit]

Robach is a cousin of former Nashville Star contestant Matt Lindahl. Her aunt and uncle were performing-arts teachers at her high school.[2][3][4]

Robach was married to Tim McIntosh from 1996 until filing for an uncontested divorce in 2008. They have two daughters, Ava (2002) and Analise (2006).[15]

Robach became engaged to former Melrose Place star Andrew Shue in September 2009, after meeting him at a book party the previous April.[16][17] They were married on Robach's 37th birthday, February 6, 2010, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, adjacent to the Hudson River.[18] Robach has three stepsons from her marriage to Andrew Shue, Nate (1997) Aidan (1999) and Wyatt (2004).[15][19]

Health[edit]

On November 11, 2013, Robach revealed on Good Morning America that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer after receiving a mammogram on live television on October 1, 2013, and after undergoing follow-up tests. She took time off from broadcasting to undergo a bilateral mastectomy.[20] On November 22, 2013, Robach revealed that during the surgery, doctors found a second malignant tumor in her other breast and that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes (classified as Stage IIB).[21] She then underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and reconstructive surgery.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Amy Robach Joins ABC News" (Press release). ABC News. May 21, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012. Ben Sherwood, ABC News President: 'As the mother of two daughters and three step sons, [Amy] will tell you that her family is one step away from becoming a modern day Brady Bunch.'
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, Phylecia (July 2008). "Snellville's Own Amy Robach Becomes a Today Show co-host". Gwinnett Citizen. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Wallace, San Dee (April 15, 2004). "San Dee Wallace". The Herald Palladium. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Woodson, Joy L. (October 15, 2013). "Loving the Lindahls: Theater Couple Takes Final Bow at Brookwood High". snellville.patch.com. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  5. ^ "With New Leadership at Miss America Pageant, Is the Swimsuit Competition on Its Way Out?". Inside Edition. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Honoring Amy: 3 memorable moments from her TODAY career". allDAY blog. Today.com. May 19, 2012. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  7. ^ Ford, David (July 20, 2012). "ABC News Coverage Plans — Tragedy in Colorado". ABC News.
  8. ^ Steinberg, Brian; Steinberg, Brian (September 13, 2018). "Amy Robach Wants to Bring News Aficionados to ABC's '20/20′". Variety. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  9. ^ Steinberg, Brian (March 17, 2020). "ABC Will Suspend 'Strahan, Sara & Keke' in Favor of Coronavirus News Show". Variety. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  10. ^ Greer, Carlos (July 2, 2020). "'Strahan, Sara and Keke' canceled by ABC". New York Post. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (August 3, 2020). "Keke Palmer Says She "Expected" Her 'Good Morning America' Show Would Be Canceled". Deadline. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Folkenflik, David (November 5, 2019). "ABC News Defends Its Epstein Coverage After Leaked Video Of Anchor". NPR.org.
  13. ^ Joseph de Burca (August 2, 2020). "Judge a (future) king by his courtiers: Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, pawns in the cover-up of a transatlantic paedophile network". Village. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  14. ^ a b Ahmed, Tufayel (November 5, 2019). "ABC Killed Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking Story Three Years Ago, News Anchor Amy Robach Caught on Camera Saying". Newsweek.
  15. ^ a b Messinger, Eric (June 3, 2013). "Mad Love With Andrew & Amy » New York Family Magazine". New York Family. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  16. ^ "Wedding Belle". New York Post. September 27, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2009.
  17. ^ Miller, Samantha (September 27, 2009). "Engaged: Andrew Shue and Today's Amy Robach!". People. Retrieved September 29, 2009.
  18. ^ Caplan, David (February 7, 2010). "Andrew Shue and Today's Amy Robach are married". People. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  19. ^ Strong, Eden (October 21, 2018). "20/20's Amy Robach on Making Her Family of 7 Work: "We Really Are the Brady Bunch"". Babble. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  20. ^ "ABC News' Amy Robach Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis". ABC News. November 11, 2013.
  21. ^ Barker, Olivia (November 22, 2013). "ABC's Amy Robach: 'My cancer had spread'". USA Today.

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