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Robin Roberts Lands on Barbara Walters’ Final ‘Most Fascinating’ List

robin-robertsThis year, ABC News will have one of its own on Barbara Walters‘ annual “Most Fascinating Person of the Year” list: “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts.

It has been quite a year for Roberts, who returned to “GMA” in February after undergoing a bone marrow transplant from her sister, New Orleans anchor Sally-Ann Roberts, in 2012. In September, as Roberts celebrated her “first birthday” after the transplant, “Good Morning America” won its first season in 19 years.

It will be the final “Most Fascinating” special for Walters before she retires next year. Walters will reveal her most fascinating person of the year and take a look back at past years for the special, which airs on December 18.

Others who made the 2013 list: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, NSA whisteblower Edward Snowden, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence and Prince George, the first child of Duchess Kate and Prince William.

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Robin Roberts Returns to ‘GMA’ February 20

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will return to the show Wednesday, February 20, five months to the day after she received a bone marrow transplant. Over the past few weeks, Roberts returned to the Times Square studios for a few dry runs. And last week she traveled to the Gulf Coast for GMA’s Super Bowl coverage.

Roberts was given the all-clear by her doctor for a full return to the show. Last April she was diagnosed with MDS which required a bone marrow transplant. Her donor was her sister WWL anchor Sally Ann Roberts.

“I’m excited to re-join my wonderful GMA family,” Roberts writes. “I’m also looking forward to thanking YOU… for your many prayers and well wishes. Your compassion has been an enormous source of comfort to me and my family.”

Roberts’ return comes during February sweeps and just four days before ABC’s annual telecast of the Oscars — its biggest ratings draw of the year. Last year, Roberts hosted ABC’s red carpet special. No word yet if doctors have given the go-ahead for her to host this year.

Robin Roberts Undergoes Bone Marrow Transplant

Today Robin Roberts is getting a bone marrow transplant from her sister, New Orleans local anchor Sally-Ann Roberts, to treat her MDS. ABC aired a taped message from Roberts on “Good Morning America” this morning:

Following Bone Marrow Transplant Revelation, Robin Roberts Says ‘Be a Donor’

Robin Roberts is turning her own scare with a rare bone marrow disorder, into a call for organ donation. This morning on “Good Morning America” Roberts announced that beginning today, she will begin pre-treatments that will result in a bone marrow transplant later this year. She has MDS, likely contracted as she battled breast cancer five years ago. The donor is her sister, WWL TV anchor Sally-Ann Roberts, pictured with Diane Sawyer and the “GMA” team this morning.

In a note following her televised announcement (read it after the jump), Roberts writes, “As you know from my recent interview with Mark Zuckerberg, organ donation is vitally important. Many people don’t realize they can be bone marrow donors. I encourage everyone to sign up on a donor registry like bethematch.org.

Roberts also says she’ll be back at work tomorrow following today’s procedure.

Going forward, it’s business as usual at GMA, which means I’ll be right here every day with George, Sam, Josh and Lara. When I miss a day here or there, I’m fortunate that some very talented friends at ABC News will fill-in. When I undergo the transplant later this year, I’ll miss a chunk of time.

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GMA Staffers Meet to Discuss Robin Roberts Treatment

After this morning’s show, “GMA” staffers gathered at the 6th floor offices at ABC News headquarters to discuss Robin Roberts‘ treatment for a rare bone marrow disorder. This afternoon, Roberts begins her treatments leading up to a bone marrow transplant later this summer. Her donor is her older sister, WWL-TV anchor Sally-Ann Roberts (right, with Diane Sawyer) who appeared on the show this morning.

ABC’s medical correspondent Dr. Richard Besser answered staffers’ questions about the coming months ahead of, and after, the transplant. Dr. Besser told the team the best thing they can do is treat Roberts as normally as possible. ABC News president Ben Sherwood reassured staffers of Roberts’ place with the show. “This is Robin’s show. That is her chair. When she comes back after her transplant it will be her chair,” a source who attended the meeting quotes Sherwood as saying.

Anne Sweeney, president of Disney-ABC television was also in attendance, we hear.

After the gathering, Roberts announced that she’s ordered the team Popeye’s chicken — her favorite comfort food.