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SmartTALK features MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts ’94

MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts '94.
March 26, 2013

From his vantage point inside legendary 30 Rockefeller Center, MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts ’94 relishes the opportunity to explore society’s most pressing social justice issues during his live, hour-long program weekdays at 11 a.m.

“We’re having a deeper conversation about social justice in this country and really shining a bright light in dark corners, whether it’s equal pay for women, LGBT rights or immigration reform,” he says. “I feel proud that we get to display those conversations on the show.”

In 2006 while working at CNN Headline News in Atlanta, Roberts was among the first national news anchors to make public that he is gay. On Sept. 29, 2012, Roberts became the first cable news anchor to marry his same-sex partner, Patrick Abner, on their 12th anniversary as a couple.

Roberts will be back at McDaniel for a SmartTALK conversation with President Roger Casey at 7 p.m. March 27 in WMC Alumni Hall. Learn how his liberal arts education launched his career, how he successfully shattered the “glass closet” in broadcast journalism, and how he works to encourage struggling LGBT youths that “It gets better.”