Robin Roberts will address Reading chamber in May

'Good Morning America' anchor will speak at 101st annual dinner

Robin Roberts to speak in Reading

READING, Pa. - Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry's 101st annual dinner on May 8.

The event will be in the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading.

Roberts, who is an author and cancer survivor, will speak on "Positioning Yourself for Success."

"The chamber is so proud to bring such a recognizable and inspirational speaker to our community," said Ellen Horan, chamber president and CEO, in a news release announcing Roberts' appearance.

"Our annual dinner is a showcase event where we celebrate our successes as a chamber and as a community," said Horan. "We know Greater Reading is on the move, we have the community pride and entrepreneurial spirit."

Under Roberts' leadership, Good Morning America has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for outstanding morning program.

When not traveling around the world covering breaking news events, Roberts is at "GMA's" studio in Times Square, conducting interviews with a diverse group of newsmakers -- musicians, authors, athletes and celebrities.

Her headline-making interview subjects include President Barack Obama, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, First Lady Michelle Obama and NBA Superstar LeBron James.

Roberts has done extensive reporting around the globe.

She has traveled to Brussels with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; to the Middle East with former First Lady Laura Bush, who was on a mission to raise awareness about breast cancer in the Muslim world; to London for the historic wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton; to Africa with former President Bill Clinton for a first-hand look at the AIDS crisis in that part of the world; to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake, and to South Africa to report on the World Cup.

In addition to covering world events, Roberts has shared her personal experiences with Good Morning America audiences around the country.

In July 2007, she announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was undergoing treatment.

Since then, she has become an outspoken advocate for breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection.

In June 2012, five years after the start of her fight with breast cancer, Roberts announced that she was battling myelodysplastic syndrome. Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September of that year -- her sister Sally-Ann was a perfect match.

Roberts made a triumphant return to the anchor desk on February 20, 2013, five months to the day after she underwent the transplant.

At the 2013 ESPYs, she was honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for the strength and courage she has displayed throughout her life and career.

From 1990 to 2005, Roberts was a contributor to ESPN, where she was one of the network's most versatile commentators.

Her assignments included hosting SportsCenter, contributing to NFL PrimeTime from 1990-1994 and providing reports and interviews from the field.

At ESPN, Roberts worked as play-by-play commentator and host of the network's WNBA games and specials, from 1997-2000.

Roberts served as host of ESPN's prime-time interview program, In the SportsLight, ESPN Classic's Vintage NBA, provided coverage of the men's NCAA Final Four, the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and of LPGA events.

Tickets for the May 8 dinner are $150.  Activities will begin with a 5 p.m. networking reception in the performing arts center, at 136 N. Sixth St. in Reading. The program will begin at 7 p.m. 

The  2014 Greater Reading Top Businesses Awards and Emerging Entrepreneurs Awards will be presented and Horan will give an annual state of the chamber address.

For tickets or more information, call the chamber at 610-376-6766 or check its website.

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