Amy Robach was named News Anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America in March 2014.
Since joining ABC News, Robach has traveled nationally and internationally to cover major news events. She traveled to Nigeria to interview Malala Yousafzai, the seventeen year-old who was in the African country as part of a campaign to free hundreds of captive school girls. Robach reported live from South Africa just days after the shooting of Oscars Pistorious’ girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and anchored a special "20/20: The Fast Times of Oscar Pistorius." She also anchored ABC News’ coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and reported from London for the birth of Prince George. Breaking news stories in the U.S. Robach has covered include: Superstorm Sandy, reporting live from the Rockaways on the one-year anniversary; and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Additionally, she sat down with recording pop star Taylor Swift after her worldwide exclusive live-stream on Yahoo and ABC News announcing Swift’s new album and single.
In addition, Robach has reported and hosted several 20/20 programs for ABC News. In 2012, she spent weeks in the Utah desert to take viewers inside the world of Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and the FLDS for the prime time special, "Breaking Polygamy: Secrets of the Sect." In December 2013, Robach hosted the two-hour primetime special "Secrets of the Castle: Beyond Downton Abbey" where she traveled to the English and Scottish country sides to go behind the scenes of "Downton Abbey" and explore the present day British aristocracy.
Before joining ABC News, Robach worked at NBC News from 2003 to 2012. In 2007, Robach was the co-anchor of "Saturday TODAY" and an NBC News National Correspondent. During that time, she also filled in as Weekday TODAY co-anchor, Weekday Newsreader and anchor for "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams." Prior to that, Robach was an anchor for MSNBC from 2003-2007.
During her 9 years at NBC, Robach interviewed major political newsmakers: Barack Obama in 2004, Senator John McCain, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Newt Gingrich, as well as world leaders such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Robach also covered the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, traveling to Iowa to interview the candidates. She also interviewed Elizabeth Edwards, following the scandal with her husband, John Edwards and Rielle Hunter. Robach traveled to Beijing to cover the 2008 Olympic Games. In 2009, she nabbed the first sit down interview with Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich as he faced impeachment and criminal charges. In 2010, Robach got a rare one-on-one interview with Britain’s Prince Harry in Barbados. She flew in an F-18 fighter jet, broke the sound barrier, landed on and then catapulted off the aircraft carrier, the USS George HW Bush. Robach also traveled the globe, reporting for "Where in the World Is Matt Lauer" with live broadcasts from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Seychelles.
From 1999-2003, Robach worked at WTTG in Washington, DC as a reporter and morning and noon anchor. She covered the aftermath of 9/11 and the war with Iraq, reporting live from the Pentagon. Robach also contributed to the Edward R. Murrow award winning broadcast covering the Serial Sniper attacks and was honored in Regardie’s magazine as one of the top 100 powerful Washingtonians.
Robach got her start as a general assignment reporter from 1995-1999 at WCBD TV in Charleston, SC. There, she traveled to Honduras to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch and reported from Iceland to cover the transport of “Keiko,” aka Free Willy, to his native waters via a Charleston Air Force C-17 cargo plane. Robach also spent many summers reporting live from hurricanes Bertha, Fran and Bonnie as they battered the North Carolina coast. As a crime reporter, Robach also witnessed the lethal injection of a man who had been sitting on death row for over 20 years, convicted of a triple homicide.
In October 2013, Amy received some life-altering news when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As part of "Good Morning America" "Goes Pink Day" in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at the urging of her colleague, Robin Roberts, she had her first mammogram (broadcast live in front of millions of viewers). Since Robach was 40, the recommended age women should start getting mammograms, producers felt that she would be the perfect person to help raise awareness about the importance of early detection and participate in the first ever live television mammogram. A few weeks later, Robach received the devastating news that she had breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy and subsequent treatment. Robach says the decision to have that on-air mammogram was "the difference between life and death."
Amy has written a very personal new book, "Better," (which was released on September 29, 2015). In the book, she chronicles her journey of the twelve months following her breast cancer diagnosis. From her on-air mammogram on GMA to her treatment and its impact on her work life, her family and her marriage, Robach takes readers on an emotional journey of resilience, bravery and hope.
Robach is originally from Lansing, Michigan. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and then moved down south to Atlanta, GA just before high school. Robach attended the University of Georgia where she graduated with honors and a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, two daughters and is also the stepmom to three wonderful boys.
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