After a delay due to inclement weather earlier this semester, co-anchor of ABC News’ “Good Morning America” and author of recently released Everybody’s Got Something Robin Roberts will visit SMU Tuesday, April 7 to deliver the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture.
Continuing the 33rd season of Tate Lectures, Roberts will offer her insight and opinion on current events during The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.
Under Roberts leadership as an anchor, “Good Morning America” has won three consecutive Emmy Aways for Outstanding Morning program. Since the start of her career at “GMA” in 1995, Roberts has conducted numerous interviews with a a diverse group of newsmakers. Several of her headline-making interviews include President Barack Obama; First Lady Michelle Obama; actor Sidney Poitier; basketball legend Kareen Abdul-Jabbar on his battle with leukemia; and Lisa Niemi on her loss of her husband, Patrick Swayze.
In addition to conducting interviews at GMA’s Times Square studio, Roberts has also reported extensively around the globe. She traveled to the Middle East with former First Lady Laura Bush on a mission to raise Muslim awareness about breast cancer; to Africa with former President Bill Clinton for a first-hand look at the AIDs crisis; and to Mexico to scale the Mayan Pyramids as part of “GMA’s” “The New 7 Wonders of the World” series.
In June 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her courageous and public battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including: The Susan G. Komen Foundation; The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program; and Gilda’s Club, a non-profit organization founded by the late Joel Siegel.
All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum segment at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m., and seats may be reserved online.
The evening lecture is sold out. However, SMU students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.