Roberts Inducted To Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame

By SteveK Comment

roberts_12-9.JPGAmerican Morning anchor John Roberts will be inducted into the Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame at Canadian Music Week.

The CNN anchor will be honored during the Canadian Music Industry Awards reception on March 12 in Toronto.

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John Roberts, highly celebrated broadcaster and journalist will be inducted into the Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame at Canadian Music Week (CMW). Roberts will be honoured on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at the annual Canadian Music Industry Awards gala reception, taking place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto.

Roberts has anchored American Morning with Kiran Chetry, CNN’s flagship morning program, since April 2007. Previously, Roberts served as CNN’s senior national correspondent and as anchor of This Week at War, the network’s renowned weekly program examining developments in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the globe. As a member of the “Best Political Team on Television,” Roberts has reported live from major political events including both the Democratic and Republican national conventions and the presidential debates.

Roberts has conducted interviews with newsmakers and nearly every presidential candidate during this past election cycle with an issues-oriented focus on what voters care about. He reported live from Iraq during the U.S. mid-term elections and has reported from combat zones all over the world, included the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, coverage of which earned CNN an Edward R. Murrow award.

A veteran broadcaster and award-winning journalist, Roberts joined CNN in February 2006 after more than 14 years with CBS News, during which he served as its chief White House correspondent and chief medical correspondent, anchor of the weekend editions of the CBS Evening News and anchor of the CBS Morning News.

During his time at CBS News, Roberts anchored live coverage and reported on site from many major breaking stories. He was embedded with the U.S. Marines during the war with Iraq, transmitting live reports as the battalion advanced toward Baghdad. He also anchored the CBS Evening News coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the death of Pope John Paul II and the papal succession.

He also reported live on the Atlanta Olympics bombing; the Oklahoma City bombing; the Northridge earthquake; the kidnap and murder of tourists in Uganda; many other devastating hurricanes, including Hugo and Andrew; the U.S. intervention in Haiti; the Cuban refugee crisis in Miami and the fire at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.

Following his more than six years based in Washington covering the White House, breaking news and international assignments, Roberts joined CNN, where he has reported on a broad range of pressing stories developing in the nation’s capital, as well as international assignments. In the summer of 2006, he covered the Middle East crisis along the Israeli-Lebanese border, for which he earned a National Headliner Award. He also took This Week at War to the frontlines of that crisis as well as to Iraq in the fall of 2006.

Other international assignments in Roberts’ career have included five weeks of reporting from Yugoslavia during the height of the NATO bombing, the London bombings of July 2005 and earthquakes in Turkey. Roberts spent two weeks in India and Pakistan in 1998 while the two countries conducted nuclear tests and traded threats and was one of few Western journalists to report from Kashmir.

Over the years, Roberts has interviewed a wide variety of prominent newsmakers, including President George W. Bush, former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, the late Yitzhak Rabin and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Roberts anchored evening newscasts on WCBS-TV in New York from 1994-1995 where he earned an Emmy and a New York Press Club award. From 1990 to 1992, he co-anchored Canada A.M., CTV’s top-rated morning news program, and from 1989 to 1990, he was an anchor/correspondent for WCIX-TV in Miami. A native of Canada, Roberts spent the first 10 years of his career as an anchor and correspondent for several broadcasts of Citytv in Toronto.

Roberts’ work has been recognized with three national Emmy Awards for coverage of the Atlanta Olympic bombing, the death of Princess Diana and the TWA crash.