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Sally-Ann Roberts

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Sally-Ann Roberts co-anchors the highest rated local morning news program in Louisiana. She and co-anchor Eric Paulsen provide a blend of news and entertainment from 6 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday on Channel 4's Eyewitness Morning News.

As an Air Force "brat" Sally-Ann traveled extensively as a child. She was born in Chandler Arizona to Lawrence and Lucimarian Roberts. Her father, who rose to the rank of Colonel in the Air Force, was a member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. Sally-Ann spent her childhood on the move, living in Sioux City Iowa, Tuskegee Alabama, Akron Ohio, McGuire Air Force Base New Jersey, Izmir Turkey and finally when Sally-Ann was a junior in high school the family moved to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. She graduated from Biloxi High School and then attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

Sally-Ann began her tenure at WWL-TV on March 31, 1977. As a City Hall reporter, she covered city government during the administrations of Moon Landrieu, Ernest Morial, and Sidney Barthelemy. Her work earned her first place awards in journalistic excellence from the Press Club of New Orleans, Louisiana Associated Press, Radio and Television News Directors Association and the New Orleans chapter of Women in Communications. In 1998 Sally-Ann was part of the reporting team that earned WWL-TV the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for late-breaking news.

She has reported thousands of stories over the years but she most enjoys reporting good news. For more than 10 years, in weekly reports, Sally-Ann profiled a volunteer in the community who is helping others. Her Quiet Hero reports took on added poignancy after Katrina. Her Quiet Heroes included a teenager who used his Boy Scout skills to save his family as flood waters engulfed their home, and men who rescued their neighbors who were sweltering attics or clinging to street signs. Then there were the many stories of rebuilding in which volunteers locally and from around the world worked to restore homes and lives. Ordinary people accomplished extraordinary feats in the wake of the worst disaster in American history.

In 1994 Sally-Ann co-founded with Cathy Harris the mentorship organization, Each One Save One. Over the years, the non-profit organization has recruited, screened, trained and placed hundreds of mentors in schools and organizations across the metro area.

For work in the community, Sally-Ann has received awards and recognition from the Young Leadership Council, YWCA, Junior League, Toastmasters International, Kiwanis International, The Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge, New Orleans Black Social Workers, The Children's Defense Fund and The New Orleans Conference for Community and Justice, formerly known as the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

In 2006, Sally-Ann was recognized by City Business as one of the 50 Women of the Year in Greater New Orleans. That same year she received an honorary Doctorate from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. In 2008, Sally-Ann and Eyewitness Morning News co-anchor Eric Paulsen received the Blue Ribbon Award from the Louisiana Center for Women.

For nearly two decades, Sally-Ann hosted the teen talk show, "Our Generation". Young people who appeared on that program are now working around the country as journalists, educators, engineers and other fine professions. Sally-Ann is happy to say she knew them "when".

Sally-Ann is the author of three books, Your Power Is On!: A Little Book of Hope, Going Live...An Anchorwoman Reports Good News and the novel Angelvision. All three books are published by Pelican Publishing. After being a widow for five years, Sally-Ann remarried in 2007. She is the proud mother of three children and grandmother of one. Asked to what she attributes any success she may have achieved, Sally-Ann gives all honor, glory and praise to God.

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