Roberts in May 2009
|Born||Deborah Ann Roberts
September 20, 1960
Perry, Georgia, United States
|Residence||Manhattan, New York|
|Education||Bachelor of Journalism, Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication (University of Georgia)|
|Notable credit(s)||20/20 correspondent
Dateline NBC correspondent
Lifetime Live host
|Spouse(s)||Al Roker (m. 1995)|
|Children||Courtney Roker (1987), stepdaughter
Leila Roker (b. 1998)
Nicholas Albert Roker (b. 2002)
|Parent(s)||Benjamin and Ruth Roberts|
|Website||Deborah Roberts ABC News profile|
Early life and education
Roberts was born in Perry, Georgia, to Benjamin Roberts, a business owner, and Ruth Roberts, a housewife. She graduated from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, with a Bachelor of Journalism in 1982.
During 1987–1990, she served as bureau chief/NASA field reporter/weekend news co-anchor at WFTV, a local television station in Orlando, Florida. In 1990, she joined NBC News as a general-assignment reporter and later served as a correspondent for Dateline NBC, an NBC News newsmagazine program.
Roberts moved to ABC News in 1995 as a correspondent for 20/20, a newsmagazine program, and as a substitute anchor for World News Tonight Weekend,[clarification needed] the weekend evening news program, and Good Morning America, the morning news program. In July and September 2006, she was also a guest host on The View, a talk show produced by ABC Daytime, a division of ABC.
In 2016, the non-fiction book Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times, written by Roberts and husband Al Roker, was published.
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- McClurg, Jocelyn (January 5, 2016). "Al Roker, Deborah Roberts write about their marriage". USA Today.
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- "Bio: Deborah Roberts". BET. October 6, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
- Oxman, Steven (March 8, 2000). "Review: 'Lifetime Live'". Variety. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
- "Al Roker and Deborah Roberts". The New York Times. September 17, 1995. Retrieved May 18, 2016.