Deborah Roberts Biography

Deborah Roberts is a popular American TV journalist. She has worked as an anchor, a reporter, and a talk show host. Roberts is widely known as one of the most powerful black women in broadcast journalism. She hails from a small town in Georgia, United States. Deborah garnered massive attention for journalistic work for ABC news, which is a division of the ABC broadcast TV network. Her most notable works are as an anchor of shows such as Good morning America, World News Tonight Weekend, guest host of ABC daytime show, The View, and her present appearance as a host of Lifetime Live, a show on the Lifetime channel.

Early Life

Deborah Roberts was born on September 20, 1960, in Perry, a small town in the state of Georgia, USA, to her parents, Benjamin Roberts and Ruth Roberts. Her father was a Carpet installation business owner, while her mother was a homemaker. Deborah was raised among 9 siblings. Her elder brother‘s name is Lawrence Jr., also known as Butch. Her eldest sister is Tina Clarington.

Deborah attended the infamous Henry W Grady College of journalism and mass communication, Athens, at the University of Georgia, for higher education.  She graduated there in 1982, with a degree in bachelor Journalism. From there she began her journey in the industry of journalism. Where only a decade later, Deborah was honored with the award of University of Georgia Distinguished Alumnus, due to her massive success in the industry.

Deborah Roberts Career

After graduating in 1982, Robert began her journey by getting a job at a local TV station called WTVM in Columbus, Georgia. After that, she moved on to WBIR, another TV station in Knoxville Tennessee. From the year 1987 to 1990, Deborah worked several jobs as bureau chief, weekend news co-anchor at WFTV (a local TV station in Orlando, Florida), and a NASA field reporter. In 1990, Deborah was appointed to the NBC news channel as a reporter. She soon became a correspondent on an NBC news magazine program called Dateline, NBC. In 1995, Deborah left NBC for ABC news. Where she got hired as a correspondent for the 20/20, newsmagazine program. She later worked as an anchor for two other shows, Good morning America, a morning news show, and World News Tonight Weekend, a weekend evening news show.

In July and September of 2006, Deborah appeared as the guest host on The View talk show program, which was also produced by ABC daytime, a branch of ABC. In 2016,  Deborah published her first book, Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times, a nonfiction written by Deborah and her husband Al Rooker. She is also a recipient of numerous prestigious accolades such as an Emmy award, and a clarion award in the category of broadcast journalism. She was highly praised for her contribution to various news network shows, like nightlife, primetime, good morning America, the Katie Couric Show, and the lifetime life on the Lifetime television channel.

Deborah Roberts  Biography

Real Name Deborah Ann Roberts
Birth Date 20 September 1960
Age (as of 2023) 62 Years
Birth Place Perry, Georgia, United States
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Virgo

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 8” – in Centimeters – 172 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 58 kg  –  in Pounds –  127 lbs
Shoe Size 7 (U.S.)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Body Type Slim


Father Benjamin Roberts
Mother Ruth Roberts
Sister Tina Clarington


School Perry High School
College University of Georgia

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is her husband? Al Roker
Children Two (Leila & Nicholas Albert Roker)

Personal Life

Deborah Roberts is happily married to her husband Al Rooker, for 26 years. He is also a famous television personality. The couple tied the knot on 16th September 1995. The couple together has two kids. Their first child was a daughter named Leila was born on November 17th, 1998, she is 23 years old currently. Their son is 19 years old and he is named Nicholas, who was born on July 18th, 2002. He suffered from certain learning disabilities while growing up but recently has been accepted to a reputable college in the USA. Nicholas (Nick) received an emotional goodbye from his parents when he moved out.

He also has a black belt in taekwondo and also swims competitively. Deborah is also the stepmother of Courtney Rooker, who is Al Rooker’s daughter from his first marriage. The family currently lives in Manhattan, New York City, USA. Deborah recently posted an emotional and personal goodbye to 2021, on her Instagram. The picture included her husband and her celebrating their 25th anniversary on a date night. The personal touch had their fans in tears.

Deborah Roberts Net Worth

As a famous TV journalist, Deborah Roberts has an estimated net worth of $10 million. Her annual income is around $800k. 


  • Deborah has stated that she has wanted to become a news reporter since she was a kid. She admired other TV newscasters, and always dreamed of making it huge.
  • Deborah is highly active on social media, her Instagram account has 196k plus followers and her Facebook page has over 30k followers.
  • Her Instagram handle is @debrobertsabc

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