Deborah Roberts Named ‘20/20’ Co-Anchor

Deborah Roberts
Deborah Roberts (Image credit: ABC/Heidi Gutman)

Deborah Roberts has been named co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. She’s been a contributing editor on the show for a year. She will join David Muir as co-anchor and remains senior national affairs correspondent at ABC News. 

Roberts has been reporting for 20/20 since 1995 and has reported for Good Morning America, Nightline and World News Tonight with David Muir. She’s also been a guest co-host on The View

“She is a skilled investigative journalist, oftentimes trekking across the country to conduct hard-hitting interviews providing viewers with relevant, insightful information,” ABC News president Kim Godwin said in a memo to staff. “Deborah is an empathetic reporter, bringing humanity to every story.”

Married to NBC News meteorologist Al Roker, Roberts was inducted into the B+C Hall of Fame earlier this year

She told B+C how both Diane Sawyer and the late Barbara Walters were “key mentors” when she came to ABC News. “Both reached out and both always had their doors open if I wanted to stop in,” she said. 

Roberts’s books include Lessons Learned and Cherished: The Teacher Who Changed My Life and Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom For Modern Times, which she wrote with Roker. 

Roone Arledge created 20/20, which debuted in 1978. Janice Johnston is the executive producer

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.