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1. 1. Robin Roberts is the youngest of four children. Her father was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen.

2. 2. Roberts grew up in Pass Christian, Mississippi, where she played basketball and tennis. (AP)

3. 3. Roberts attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. (PRPhotos)

4. 4. Roberts began her career in 1983 as a sports anchor and reporter in Hattiesburg, Miss. (PRPhotos)


5. 5. She was a sports anchor and reporter at WAGA-TV in Atlanta & a radio host for radio station V-103. (Retna)

6. 6. She joined ESPN as a sportscaster in February 1990 and became known for her catchphrase, “Go on with your bad self!” (PRPhotos)

7. 7. On July 31, 2007, Roberts announced on Good Morning America that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. (AP)

8. 8. On June 11, 2012, Roberts announced that she has myelodysplastic syndrome. She continues her recovery. (AP)