Award-Winning ABC News Correspondent and Journalist Deborah Roberts to Deliver the Keynote Speech at the Hudson County Community College 2018 Commencement

Posted: 3/6/2018
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College has scheduled May 17 for the Class of 2018’s ceremonies.


JERSEY CITY, N.J. / March 6, 2018 – Planning for the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) 41st Annual Commencement Ceremonies is well underway, and ABC News’ Deborah Roberts has agreed to deliver the keynote speech to the Class of 2018.


The event will take place on Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ.


Deborah Roberts is an award-winning correspondent and highly respected journalist who joined the ABC News program 20/20 in 1995. Since then she has served as substitute anchor on Good Morning America and ABC World News Weekend . During her tenure at ABC News, she has reported from Africa on the HIV/AIDS crisis and orphans, and has received Emmy Awards for her reporting on the California wildfires, an Ethiopian American woman’s journey back to Africa to find her mother, and for her work on ABC’s millennium coverage. Ms. Roberts also earned a Clarion Award for her reporting on abuse within the Amish community.


A graduate of the University of Georgia, she began her career at WTVM-TV in Columbus, Georgia and then went on to work at WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee where she was highly regarded for her reporting on the Tennessee state legislature. She also worked at WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando, Florida as Bureau Chief, Field Anchor for NASA and Co-Anchor for the weekend news.


Ms. Roberts’ network news career began at NBC News. There, she covered stories as General Assignment Correspondent for the Atlanta and Miami bureaus and later for Dateline NBC . She also reported from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War; and was awarded an Emmy for her coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

In June 2016, Ms. Roberts and her husband, NBC weatherman Al Roker, published Been There, Done That a collection of their own life lessons, real-life stories and family anecdotes.


Additional details on the HCCC 2018 Commencement is available on the College’s website at