Chuck Roberts is an American broadcast journalist, most notable for being the former weekday news anchor on Headline News, based in CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the longest-serving anchor among the CNN networks and anchored weekday Headline News broadcasts from the network’s debut on January 1, 1982 — when he was the first anchor on-air — until his retirement on July 30, 2010.
Since leaving CNN, Roberts has made four trips to China conducting media training for Missouri Journalism School. The sessions are designed to assist companies starting independent news operations from scratch in a country just now allowing them.
Since he joined Headline News, Roberts has led the network’s coverage for each national election. In 2003, the U.S. Army Force Command in Atlanta asked Roberts to host the 228th birthday celebration of the U.S. Army. In 1989, Roberts reported from a rooftop in Charleston, S.C., on Hurricane Hugo’s arrival. In 1985, he reported live on the trial of Wayne Williams, who was convicted in the Atlanta child murders case. That same year he reported from the scene of a federal prison riot in Atlanta.
Before joining Headline News, Roberts was the principal weeknight anchor at KMTV in Omaha, Neb. During that time, he conducted an exclusive death row interview with serial killer Caril Ann Fugate for KMTV and a Strategic Air Command flight with the post-nuclear flying command post called Looking Glass.
From 1973-1975, Roberts anchored the evening news at KRGV-TV in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Before joining KRGV, he was a newscaster at WHB Radio in Kansas City, Mo., from 1971-1973. From 1970-1971, he anchored morning newscasts at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo.
Roberts is a member of the Atlanta Press Club and the National Society of Professional Journalists. He is a recipient of the 1971 University of Missouri Faculty/Student Award for Outstanding Journalism and, in 1998, was inducted into the New Mexico Military Institute’s Hall of Fame for “lifetime achievement in service to the ideals of America.”
Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He was honored as the school’s Homecoming Grand Marshal in 2005 and had a dorm hall named for him in 2010. He volunteers with various local outreach projects and is currently a board member of Covenant House of Georgia.