Roy Hobbs, whose decades-long career as an anchor and reporter was derailed by drug abuse, opened up about his struggle with addiction in a recent interview with Birmingham CBS-affiliate WIAT.
After working as an anchor at WAGA in Atlanta and ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Hobbs was arrested in April 2010 for possession of crack-cocaine. In the wake of Whitney Houston’s death, Hobbs felt compelled to share his story with WIAT (video inside).
In the interview, which aired at the top of WIAT’s 10 p.m. newscast on Monday, Hobbs said his arrest in 2010 probably saved his life.
“For over 25 years I was depressed,” Hobbs told WIAT reporter Mike McClanahan. “I was going to go and get something and try to stop my heart. I didn’t get that. I got arrested that night…best thing ever happened to me.”