Sally-Ann Roberts (right) appeared on ABC's Good Morning America last year to commemorate the fifth anniversary of her sister Robin Roberts' life-saving bone marrow transplant.
At a time when genuinely nice people sometimes seem in short supply, Sally-Ann Roberts is the real deal — which makes it bittersweet that she announced her retirement
this morning on the WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News
. Roberts has been at the station for 40 years. Her last newscast will be Feb. 28.
“After much thought and prayer, I decided that it’s time to begin a new chapter in my life," she told viewers. "I don’t know what the future holds but I look forward to continuing to serve this community in the years to come and spend more time with my grandchildren.”
As a reporter, Roberts covered city government and breaking news, but she's best known as the co-host of the Eyewitness Morning News, a job she's held for 25 years. In 2012, she and her sister Robin Roberts — co-host of ABC's Good Morning America
— made national news when Sally-Ann donated bone marrow to Robin, who was suffering from the life-threatening disease myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). The publicity around the donation drove thousands to join bone marrow registries.
Robin Roberts wept this morning on Good Morning America
when she announced the news. "She's the reason I'm doing what I'm doing," she said.