ABC News announces Deborah Roberts as ‘20/20’ co-anchor


ABC News president Kim Godwin sent the following note to the news division announcing Deborah Roberts as the new co-anchor of ‘20/20’:

I’m thrilled to announce that Deborah Roberts will be elevating her role to co-anchor of “20/20,” after her elevation to contributing anchor of the program one year ago. 

Deborah will join David Muir as co-anchor and will also continue to report across all programs and platforms as senior national affairs correspondent.  

Deborah has been reporting for “20/20” since 1995, covering everything from profiles of political figures to the most shocking crime cases gripping the nation. She is a skilled investigative journalist, oftentimes trekking across the country to conduct hard-hitting interviews providing viewers with relevant, insightful information. Deborah is an empathetic reporter, bringing humanity to every story. 

Deborah was recruited by her mentor, Barbara Walters, to join ABC News in 1995. Since then, she has reported for “Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight with David Muir,” as well as served as a substitute anchor for “Good Morning America” and guest co-host on “The View.” Over the course of her legendary career, Deborah has received a Peabody Award for the “20/20” special “Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor,” was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2023, and has been awarded multiple Emmy® Awards for her national and international coverage of world events, including the AIDS crisis in Africa and maternal mortality in Bangladesh.   

In addition to her accomplished journalism career, Deborah is also the author of two books — “Lessons Learned and Cherished: The Teacher Who Changed My Life,” which was a New York Times bestseller, and “Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom For Modern Times,” written with her husband, Al Roker.  

Deborah joins David, executive producer Janice Johnston, and the “20/20” team at an exciting time. Now in its 46th season, the two-hour broadcast continues to produce innovative weekly documentaries and top-notch journalism. “20/20” is the #1 newsmagazine on Friday nights across the board, regularly featured in Hulu’s ‘Top 15 Today’ List, and the #1 Disney podcast. There is no limit to what this powerhouse team can accomplish next.   

Please join me in congratulating Deborah on her well-deserved new role. 


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