Thomas Roberts is reportedly coming back to TV news, this time on the local side.
According to AJC.com, Roberts has accepted the role as evening anchor at Atlanta’s CBS affiliate, CBS46 (WGCL-TV). This move for Roberts comes after nearly 7 years at NBC News, where he was a correspondent, MSNBC Live anchor, and occasional fill-in on Today show and NBC Nightly News. He left the company in November of last year.
Roberts’s most recent and main role was anchoring MSNBC 5 – 7 p.m. time period on weekends. But the network decided to go in another direction in October 2017 when it slotted Ayman Mohyeldin in the 5 p.m. hour, and a rebroadcast of Meet the Press in 6 p.m. hour. Roberts was officially out one month later.
Before anchoring MSNBC Live on weekends, he hosted Live With Thomas Roberts weekdays at 2 p.m. on MSNBC before that program was canceled in December 2016.
He joined MSNBC in full-time in December 2010 after working in a freelance capacity for 8 months. Before the 2 p.m. program, Roberts also hosted Out There with Thomas Roberts, a weekly program focusing on LGBT issues, on the MSNBC’s digital live streaming network until 2015.
Roberts and his team won the network an Emmy in September 2016 for their coverage of the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.
As many TV newsers do, Roberts started his career in local news in markets such as San Diego, Lincoln, Neb., Fort Myers, Fla. and Hampton Roads, Va.
He is also no stranger to Atlanta, and was based in the city while working at CNN/Headline News (HLN) from 2001-2007.