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WTVD Meteorologist Shaves His Head On Air After Successful Bone Marrow Donor Drive

WTVD meteorologist Don Schwenneker shaved his head on the air this week after the ABC O&O signed up hundreds of potential donors at a bone marrow donor drive (video above).

Schwenneker promised to shave his head if more than 250 people signed up to be potential donors. The ABC O&O called the cause “near and dear to the hearts of the ABC11 family,” noting that a station staffer recently lost his son to leukemia.

The drive was organized by WTVD and Be the Match, the organization “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts — who had a bone marrow transplant last year — champions.

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Robin Roberts to Sally-Ann Roberts: ‘You gave me life’

WWL anchor Sally-Ann Roberts interviewed her sister, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, over the weekend. The 14-minute interview (video above) took place at a New York City hospital, where Robin was battling a virus last week, and aired on WWL Monday evening.

Robin underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat her MDS in September. Sally-Ann, the morning anchor at the New Orleans CBS affiliate, was Robin’s donor.

“You gave me life,” Robin told Sally-Ann in the interview. “I look at it as a clean slate. And how many people can say, at this point in their lives, that they get a do-over? That they get a chance to start again? And that’s how I feel.”

After a Week in the Hospital, Robin Roberts Interviewed by Her Sister, WWL’s Sally-Ann Roberts

After spending a week in the hospital because of a virus, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts was interviewed this weekend by her sister, WWL anchor Sally-Ann Roberts.

“I was so happy that I was able to spend this weekend with my sister Robin. I was in New York for just a little while and we had a great conversation,” Sally-Ann Roberts said Monday on WWL’s morning newscast. “Robin talked about where she is now in her recovery after receiving my stem cells and a bone marrow transplant. And besides the great work of her doctors, she gives one key reason for why she feels she’s making great strides.”

The interview will air on WWL’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts tonight. Portions of it will also air on “Good Morning America” tomorrow morning.

ABC’s Robin Roberts Released From the Hospital With WWL’s Sally-Ann Roberts By Her Side

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts has been released from the hospital three weeks after receiving a bone marrow transplant from her sister, WWL morning anchor Sally-Ann Roberts.

Robin Roberts’ homecoming was chronicled in a video on “Good Morning America” Thursday. She was accompanied home by Sally-Ann Roberts and a third sister, Dorothy Roberts.

“Never lose your sense of ‘I can do this,’” Sally-Ann told Robin. “All things are possible.” Video is after the jump… Read more

ABC’s Robin Roberts Receives Bone Marrow Transplant From Her Sister, WWL’s Sally-Ann Roberts

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is getting a bone marrow transplant from her sister, WWL morning anchor Sally-Ann Roberts, today.

Sally-Ann has been in New York this week with a third Roberts sister, Dorothy, to be with Robin, who suffers from a rare blood disorder as a result of her treatment for breast cancer in 2007. Sally-Ann posted an update on her Facebook page this morning:

September 20th is a new date to mark on the Roberts family calendar. This is Robin’s birthday! This morning Dorothy and I will witness Robin get stem cells that once lived inside me to move to their new residence. They’re moving on up!

“Good Morning America” aired a taped message from Roberts this morning. Watch it after the jump… Read more

Mother of Robin and Sally-Ann Roberts Passes Away

Lucimarian Roberts, the mother of WWL anchor Sally-Ann Roberts and “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, died yesterday in Mississippi. She was 88.

Despite the effects of Hurricane Issac to south Louisiana and Mississippi, both the Roberts sisters were able to travel to the Gulf Coast to be with her mother before she died.

Robin will be off from “GMA” in the coming months as she undergoes a bone marrow transplant to treat her MDS. Sally-Ann, who is Robin’s donor, was in New York with her sister this week as the pair undergoes final preparations for the procedure.

WWL’s Sally-Ann Roberts: ‘I Am Just Amazed at the Outpouring of Affection Everywhere I Go’

WWL anchor Sally-Ann Roberts is preparing to donate bone marrow to her sister, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, who was recently diagnosed with MDS. The Roberts sisters are working to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donors, and the pair has received a lot of support along the way, Sally-Ann tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

I am just amazed at the outpouring of affection everywhere I go. People say to me, “Tell your sister I’m praying for her.” If I’ve heard that once, I’ve heard it 1,000 times in just the span of the news breaking about this. Just this past Sunday, I was at the National Association of Black Journalists gospel brunch and a woman came up to me and she told me, “My 16-year-old son is an MDS survivor. He had a bone marrow transplant and he’s doing well.” I just hugged her and thanked her for sharing. I’m just so very grateful for the good news that I’m hearing, that this tunnel does have light at the end of it.

Natalie Morales Is Preferred Choice to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’

Natalie Morales is the preferred pick to replace Ann Curry on NBC’s “Today” show, at least among TVSpy readers.

According to a recent TVSpy poll, posted last week amid reports that Curry was leaving “Today,” Morales is the top choice, followed very closely by Savannah Guthrie, who many believe will ultimately replace Curry.

The poll listed five choices as Curry’s replacement.  In addition to Morales and Guthrie, there was Hoda Kotb, Robin Roberts, and Sue Simmons.  Simmons, who recently left WNBC after more than three decades at the anchor desk there, was the sentimental favorite, coming in third place with 20.29% of the votes. Read more

Who Should Replace Ann Curry?

According to a report from The New York Times, followed up on by TVNewser, Ann Curry is leaving NBC’s “Today” show.

Savannah Guthrie is considered the favorite to replace her, but other names are in the mix (apparently Robin Roberts was on NBC’s short list last year to replace Meredith Vieira). So who do you think should replace Curry? Vote in our poll below…

KIVI Anchor Tamara Jolee Reveals She Suffers From Same Blood Disorder as Robin Roberts

Just a week after Robin Robertspublicly announced that she suffers from MDS, KIVI anchor Tamara Jolee has revealed that she suffers from a similar blood and bone marrow disorder as the “Good Morning America” anchor.

In a recent statement, Jolee said she was “heartbroken” to hear about Roberts’ diagnosis.

“Although my cancer and blood disorder battle is long from over, I’m forever grateful of the life I’ve lived, no matter how long or short,” Jolee said. “I send my prayers and well wishes to Robin and everyone else out there fighting a health scare.” Read more

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