John Roberts (journalist)

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John Roberts
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Roberts in 2004
John David Roberts

(1956-11-15) November 15, 1956 (age 63)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Other namesJ. D. Roberts
CitizenshipCanada • United States
EducationUniversity of Toronto, 1978
OccupationNews reporter, television anchor, journalist
Years active1975–present
Partner(s)Kyra Phillips (2010-)

John David Roberts (born November 15, 1956) is a Canadian-American television journalist currently working for the Fox News Channel, as its chief White House correspondent.[1]

He joined Fox News in January 2011.[2] Prior to Fox News, Roberts was at CNN where he was an anchor and Senior National Correspondent.[3] He worked at various radio and television jobs before joining CTV in 1990, CBS News in 1992 and CNN in 2006.[4] On March 12, 2009, Roberts was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.[5] Prior to becoming their chief White House correspondent, Roberts was a national correspondent for Fox News, based in Atlanta.[6]

Early life[edit]

Roberts was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. He attended Erindale Secondary School and Lorne Park Secondary School and later the University of Toronto's Erindale College.[7]


Local radio[edit]

Roberts first started working in radio at the local college station, CFRE-FM in Mississauga.[7] His first professional job was as reporter and news anchor with CFOS in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1975.[8]

From there, he went to CHYM in Kitchener, where he worked as a newsman and DJ, then worked on-air for radio station CJBK in London, Ontario in 1977, before moving back to Toronto to join top-40 powerhouse CHUM later that year as a weekday evening disc jockey. 1050 CHUM and CITY-TV gave him the on-air name J.D. Roberts.

CITY-TV and MuchMusic[edit]

In 1979, he branched out from his radio work to co-host with Jeanne Beker the music newsmagazine The NewMusic on CITY-TV until 1985. The New Music was a pioneering program that pre-dated MTV. Roberts, Beker and the New Music team won many awards for their work. During that time, Roberts also served as Entertainment reporter for CITY-TV and on occasion filled in for John Majhor and later Brad Giffen on CITY-TV's local music video show Toronto Rocks. In 1984, Roberts was tapped to front Canada's music channel MuchMusic. He and Christopher Ward were the first on-air personalities appearing when the network launched in 1984. At MuchMusic he hosted many programs, including a one-hour heavy metal video show called The Power Hour.

In 1987, Roberts left MuchMusic to anchor CITY-TV's CityPulse, and became anchor of the 10 pm CityPulse Tonight when Anne Mroczkowski moved from anchoring that newscast to join Gord Martineau on the 6 pm edition.


Between 1989 and 1990 Roberts was an anchor/reporter for WCIX[9] (now WFOR-TV), the CBS-owned and operated television station in Miami, Florida.


Roberts returned to Canada in September 1990 to co-host the national CTV morning show Canada AM, initially with Deborah McGregor, and later with Pamela Wallin.[10]


In 1992, Roberts moved to CBS News in New York.[11] His initial assignment was anchoring the CBS Morning News with co-anchor Meredith Vieira.[12] Roberts was also the news reader and substitute anchor for Harry Smith on CBS This Morning and The Early Show.[13] From 1994 to 1995 Roberts anchored the 5pm and 11pm newscasts at CBS's flagship station in New York, WCBS-TV.[14] In March 1995, he moved back to the CBS Network as anchor of the CBS Sunday Evening News, remaining in that position for nearly 11 years. He also anchored the CBS Saturday Evening News from February 1999 until he became CBS chief White House Correspondent in August 1999.[15]

Roberts served as chief White House Correspondent[16] at CBS from August 1999 to February 2006, and regularly anchored a Sunday-afternoon 3pm ET newscast for the CBS Radio Network. In March 2003, Roberts was embedded with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion of the U.S. Marines during the initial invasion of Iraq.

On July 19, 2005, he introduced CBS's coverage on the announcement of the nomination of John Roberts for the Supreme Court of the United States. He jokingly asked colleagues to refer to him as "Your Honor" because he and Justice Roberts bear the same name.[17][18]

He had been widely considered a potential replacement for CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather after Rather stepped down from the anchor desk in March 2005, but Bob Schieffer was chosen on an interim basis to be the next CBS Evening News anchor, and in subsequent months, it became clear that Roberts was not under consideration for the job.[citation needed]. During his time at CBS, Roberts received three national Emmy awards as well as a Gracie award for his coverage of a groundbreaking surgery to repair neural tube defects.


In February 2006, Roberts left CBS and joined CNN. In July 2006 and August 2006, Roberts reported from the front lines in the Israel/Hezbollah war and at one point, embedded with an Israeli infantry unit, marching 10 miles into Lebanon.[19] Roberts was recognized with a Headline Award for that embed. CNN's coverage of the war was recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award.

In October 2006, he returned to Iraq as the first anchor of This Week at War and served as the Senior National Correspondent based in Washington. He has also substituted for Anderson Cooper on Anderson Cooper 360°. Roberts was co-anchor of CNN's morning program American Morning from 2007 to 2010. He anchored from New York. In 2010, American Morning was nominated for "best morning program" at the Daytime Emmy Awards, losing to Good Morning America.

The New York Post reported on December 7, 2010, that Roberts would depart American Morning and become a national correspondent based out of CNN's headquarters in Atlanta.[20] The Associated Press reported that Roberts' departure was at his request so he could move closer to fiancée and CNN anchor Kyra Phillips.[21]

Fox News[edit]

Executives at CNN confirmed on January 3, 2011, that Roberts would be leaving CNN to join Fox News as a national correspondent, based in Atlanta.[22]

In an August 2016 sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News, Andrea Tantaros claimed that Roberts, Scott Brown, and Bill O'Reilly sexually harassed her. The case was dismissed.[23]

In January 2017, Roberts became chief White House correspondent for Fox News.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Divorced in 2008, John Roberts announced his engagement to Kyra Phillips on April 25, 2010.[25] They have twin children named Sage Ann and Kellan Clay.[26]


  1. ^ Boyer, Dave. "Fox News' John Roberts, ABC's Kyra Phillips married journalists in White House first". The Washington Times. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "Why Did John Roberts Join Fox News? Roger Ailes". Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "John Roberts". IMDb. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Zurawik, David. "CNN's John Roberts joins Fox News". Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Mar 12, CBC Arts · Posted; March 12, 2009 11:35 AM ET | Last Updated; 2009. "CNN's John Roberts 'humbled' by Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame nod | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved January 14, 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Rodney Ho, Radio and TV Talk. "John Roberts leaves CNN, expected to come to Atlanta with Fox News". ajc. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Anchor is switching channels". January 3, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  8. ^ "J.D. Roberts long gone but not forgotten in Canada". Toronto Star. December 12, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  9. ^ February 25, Dean Cox CBS; 2002; Pm, 1:59. "John Roberts". Retrieved January 14, 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "Heir To the CBS Chair?". Washington Post. May 9, 2000. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Steinberg, Jacques (February 2, 2006). "Arts, Briefly; John Roberts Leaves CBS". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "Amid Meredith Vieira 'Today' News Lies Turmoil at Morning News Shows". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  13. ^ Kurtz, Howard (November 30, 2010). "CBS Early Show Shakeup: Harry Smith Out, Erica Hill In". The Daily Beast. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  14. ^ February 25, Dean Cox CBS; 2002; Pm, 1:59. "John Roberts". Retrieved January 14, 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ "John Roberts". Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  16. ^ Relman, Eliza (April 28, 2018). "Fox News' White House correspondent knows how his network is viewed — but he's not getting any special treatment from Trump". Business Insider. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  17. ^ Levine, Robert (July 25, 2005). "Breaking News With a Familiar Ring". The New York Times.
  18. ^ Associated Press (July 21, 2005). "It wasn't a case of mistaken identity for CBS correspondent". Houston Chronicle.
  19. ^ " - Transcripts". Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  20. ^ "John Roberts to leave 'American Morning' in the new year". New York Post. December 7, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  21. ^ "CNN morning show loses Roberts, executive producer". Associated Press. December 14, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  22. ^ Carter, Bill (January 3, 2011). "John Roberts Leaves CNN for Fox News". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  23. ^ Sutton, Kelsey (August 23, 2016). "Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros sues for sexual harassment". Politico. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  24. ^ "Fox News Channel Names John Roberts Chief White House Correspondent". Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  25. ^ TV Newser Archived April 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ "CNN's Kyra Phillips, Fox News' John Roberts Welcome Twins". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 4, 2020.

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