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Robin Roberts hosts Q&A session with SLU communication students

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Samantha Sims
Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America and SLU alumna, smiles as she takes a pause from sharing her heart-felt experiences as a student at SLU during the groundbreaking of D Vickers.

On Thursday, Nov. 2, communication students and faculty gathered in the iHub for a Q&A session with Good Morning America (GMA) co-anchor and Southeastern alumna Robin Roberts. 

Roberts visited her alma mater for the D Vickers renovation groundbreaking; she has donated a substantial amount to the $40 million project. In honor of her contribution, SLU legacy and success, the newly renovated building will include the Robin Roberts Broadcast Media Center, a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide the next generation of communication students with a litany of cutting-edge equipment. 

Following the groundbreaking, Roberts met with communication students and faculty in the iHub, where a few were allowed to pick Roberts’ brain about her career and the broadcast industry. 

“When I graduated, I had on my whiteboard to work in a small market for however long, then a medium-sized market, then ESPN. It’s so different today. I’m very grateful for the traditional route I took, but the path can vary now,” Roberts said. 

Students asked questions about various subjects, including her views on name, image and likeness deals for student-athletes, GMA’s social media engagement and time management strategies she began developing in college. 

Robin Roberts answers students questions during the Q&A session with communication students in the iHub. (Haley Dupre)

“I only had a certain amount of time to study, because I had to be up early for the sportscast with WFPR, then I would go to my 8 a.m. class, whereas some of my classmates had all day to study and they never got around to it. Whatever it is that I’m doing at that moment has my complete focus,” she said.

Alexis Lee, a junior with a concentration in multimedia and journalism, asked Roberts about her alternative career choices when she was a student at SLU. Roberts replied broadcast journalism was her alternative. 

According to Roberts, she initially wanted to be a pro athlete, but realized that dream wouldn’t come true after defeating a local pro women’s team. Then she wanted to be a pilot like her father, Col. Lawrence E. Roberts, a Tuskegee airman. She said she promised her parents if she failed the military pilot test, she would stay at SLU. 

 

“I didn’t come close to passing, though I still think my dad rigged it,” Roberts said. 

Sally-Ann Roberts, Robert’s sister and a long-time anchor for New Orleans’ CBS affiliate WWL, helped her secure a sports broadcasting job at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, paving the way for Roberts to secure a job at ESPN in 1990. 

Ricky Woodson, a senior sports communication major, asked Roberts about leading a new ABC News Studios production unit focusing on “heartfelt storytelling that reveals the mosaic of humanity.” 

On Monday, Nov. 6, Roberts traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, for a series called “Introducing” where she and her production shine a spotlight on people on the cusp of fame. 

“I’m very excited because I love GMA, the people I work with and being in the news division, but my unit allows me to do the things I want to do. I’m doing a whole host of different programming,” Roberts said. 

She commented on her former team, the Lady Lions basketball program, saying how proud she was of their 2022 championship season and the program’s development. 

Roberts gave a word of advice for the Green and Gold as they prepare for their Friday, Nov. 17 matchup against the reigning NCAA champions, the LSU Lady Tigers: “Take ‘em down, baby! The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Just go for it. Look them straight in the eye; they’re no different.”  

She ended the Q&A session by reminding students the path to success looks different for everyone. Roberts advised students to reach out to professionals that mirror their desired path, but also remember they need to be themselves as well. Students have plenty of self-worth and value, even if they lack experience. 

Roberts added, “Don’t want to be the next whoever. Be you. There’s no one else who has your fingerprints. We’re so unique and it’s so important you realize you’re a masterpiece. Right now, you’re a masterpiece.”

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Samantha Sims
Samantha Sims, Managing Editor
Samantha Sims is a communication major with a concentration in strategic communication. She is from Gretna and joined The Lion’s Roar staff in Sept. 2022. She loves to execute her passions for photography, writing, reading and connecting with others by working at Student Publications. She was recently promoted to campus & community editor. You can usually catch her anywhere on campus, so don’t hesitate to say hi!
Kennith Woods
Kennith Woods, Editor-in-Chief
Kennith Woods is a sophomore communication major with a concentration in television and multimedia journalism and a creative writing minor. A resident of Prairieville, Kennith is The Lion’s Roar’s newly-minted news editor. His passion for progressive change within our communities is the driving factor behind his educational pursuits, as he wants to use journalism to facilitate vital information to the public and simultaneously serve as a mouthpiece for the people’s needs and concerns.
Haley Dupre
Haley Dupre, Photography Editor
Haley Dupre' is a sports communication major from Donaldsonville. She joined our team in Oct. 2021 as a reporter. In addition to her contributions to Student Publications, Haley actively participates in managing SLU Track and Field's social media channels. With her passion for capturing photos, she aspires to build a career in sports photography.
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