ABC’s Robin Roberts scored a major “get” last week. It was her interview with President Barack Obama in which he stated his new position in favor of gay marriage—a story that dominated the political news for days. Roberts, a co-host of Good Morning America, is expected in Knoxville next month where she will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The ABC broadcaster will bring a welcome bit of national exposure to the Hall, which is in the process of being reorganized as a non-profit museum.
Roberts played college ball at Southeast Louisiana Tech where she scored over 1,000 points and had over 1,000 rebounds. Her jersey was retired by the school. She went on to an award-winning career as a sports reporter for ESPN, often covering women’s basketball. She later moved over to ABC. Roberts is part of the team at Good Morning America that has been on the verge of taking over the top spot in the ratings after decades of dominance by The Today Show.
Roberts had a very public battle with breast cancer last year and has been involved in trying to raise awareness of the issue. On the Saturday morning of the induction weekend, there will be a “4Kay” race and the proceeds will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in memory of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer.
The induction ceremonies will be June 8-9. Also inducted this year will be Nancy Fahey, Nikki McCray, Pamela McGee, Inge Nissen, and Dawn Staley. McCray was a star with the Lady Vols under head coach Pat Summitt and played eight seasons in the WNBA. She made the All Star team three times. She also won gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. She is now a coach, with Staley, at the University of South Carolina.