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In 1990, Roberts joined ESPN as a sportscaster and host of Sportscenter, where she earned a reputation for her wide-ranging knowledge of sports trivia and news. While still at ESPN, she made frequent appearances as a reporter on ABC News and on Good Morning America.

In 2005, Roberts became co-anchor with George Stephanopoulos of Good Morning America. With them at the helm, GMA soon became the number one ranked morning news show in the country.

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Her emotional reports from Mississippi in 2005, following the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, earned her respect as a journalist.

On May 9, 2012, when President Obama decided it was time to announce that he had evolved on the issue of marriage equality, he summoned Roberts to the White House for a hastily arranged interview in which he declared, "It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

In 2012, Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disease of the bone marrow. In October 2012, she took a leave from Good Morning America. Her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, a beloved television anchor in New Orleans, donated the marrow for a transplant. In February 20, 2013, Roberts returned to Good Morning America.

The episode in which she was welcomed back to GMA received a 2012 Peabody Award. The Peabody citation credited her with "allowing her network to document and build a public service campaign around her battle with a rare disease" and "inspir[ing] hundreds of potential bone marrow donors to register and heighten[ing] awareness of the need for even more donors."

In 2012, Roberts was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame. At the 2013 ESPYs, the awards show sponsored by ESPN, the sports network awarded her its Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

In addition to these openly gay journalists, national television news shows also frequently feature openly gay commentators when gay topics are discussed. Joe Solomonese, Andrew Sullivan, Keith Boykin, Dan Savage, John Aravosis, Richard Socarides, Hilary Rosen, and David Mixner are just a few of the openly gay men who are frequent guests on news shows.

There are also a number of openly gay and lesbian television journalists in local markets. It is well to remember that the late Randy Shilts pioneered as among the first openly gay journalists in San Francisco, where he worked for both newspapers and television stations.

Perhaps the dean of openly gay local television newsmen is Randy Price of Boston. He came out in the early 1990s in an interview with a New England gay periodical, which was then picked up by a mainstream paper. Rather than hurting his career, his honesty seems to have helped it. As Sean Kennedy observed, "Today he's not only Boston's most popular news anchor but one of its most admired public figures."

Another veteran openly gay local television newsman is Henry A. "Hank" Plante, who worked for KPIX-TV in San Francisco for 25 years before retiring in 2010. Plante won several local and national Emmys, as well as the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award as part of CBS 5's "AIDS Lifeline" reporting team in 1986. He was also awarded GLAAD's Pioneer Award and the James R. Harrison Award from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He was named "Reporter of the Year" by the Associated Press and inducted into the Emmy Silver Circle by the National Television Academy. In 2010, he was inducted into the LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame.

Charles Perez first achieved notice as the host of a nationally syndicated talk show, The Charles Perez Show, which aired from 1994 until 1996. He was co-host of a syndicated news show, American Journal, from 1997 until 1998. More recently, he became a weekday reporter and weekend anchor at WABC-TV in New York City. From 2006 until 2009, he was the evening anchor for Miami's ABC affiliate, WPLG. In 2009, he was fired from that position after he filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2011, he published an autobiography, Confessions of a Gay Anchorman, in which he is very critical of several of his former colleagues.

Conclusion

The recent improvement in the representation of glbtq people by American news channels is palpable. News of the struggle for equal rights is now generally, if not invariably, presented straightforwardly and even sympathetically, sometimes by reporters and anchors who themselves identify as gay or lesbian and is often contextualized by gay commentators.

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