Sept. 14, 2005
Robin Roberts, co-host of Good Morning America will be the featured speaker at the eighth annual Peter Waitt Lecture, to be held at Morningside College on Friday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free event.
Roberts will address the topic, “Put Yourself in a Position for Good Things to Happen to You.”
Roberts will also speak later that night at the college’s annual Homecoming Alumni Banquet, when she and members of her family will accept a Distinguished Alumni Award on behalf of her father, the late Col. Lawrence Roberts. A 1957 Morningside graduate, he served with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II and later served in Vietnam, where he won one of three Legion of Merit medals. He received a total of 19 service medals and awards during his air force career.
Robin Roberts was promoted to co-host of ABCNEWS’ Good Morning America in June of 2005. Previously, Roberts anchored the regular hourly newscasts for the show from its home base in New York's Times Square. Roberts also served as an ABCNEWS correspondent, covering a wide variety of stories.
Roberts has been a contributor to Good Morning America since 1995 and has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years. While her time has been split between duties at ESPN and ABCNEWS, the majority of her work since 2001 has been with Good Morning America and the news division. She also contributed to other ABCNEWS programs, including World News Tonight and 20/20, and served as substitute anchor for World News Tonight and as an occasional host of the ABC series Vanished.
Roberts remains a contributor to ESPN, where her assignments have included hosting SportsCenter. She worked as play-by-play commentator and host of the network's Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) games and specials from 1997 to 2000. She contributed to NFL PrimeTime from 1990 to1994 and provided reports and interviews from the field. She joined ESPN in February 1990.
Roberts holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Southeastern Louisiana University. She was born in Tuskegee, Ala., and currently resides in Manhattan.
The Peter Waitt Lecture was established in 1997 by Norman Waitt Jr. in recognition of the contributions of his uncle Peter Waitt as an entrepreneur, businessman, and community leader, and to provide quality speakers for students of business and the community. The lecture is endowed by The Kind World Foundation, Dakota Dunes, S.D.
For more information, contact Cathee Phillips, director of public relations at Morningside College, at (712) 274-5320.