Amy Joanne Robach is an American television journalist who presently anchors ‘Good Morning America’ for ABC News. She walked viewers through her mammography procedure as a breast cancer survivor, with the goal of raising awareness about the condition, which is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy in American women after skin cancer. Amy began her broadcasting career at WCBD-TV as a general assignment reporter. She spent four years at WTTG-TV before moving to NBC News, where she spent nine years. She was a national correspondent for NBC News, as well as a co-host of NBC’s ‘Today’ on Saturdays and an anchor on MSNBC. She moved from NBC News to ABC News. She began her career as a correspondent on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ program, eventually rising through the ranks to become the show’s news anchor. Amy was unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, which wrecked her life. She was named one of the top 100 powerful Washingtonians by Regardie’s magazine. Despite her family’s unwavering support, she admitted in an interview that the shock of her breast cancer diagnosis resulted in “huge ups and downs” in her marriage. She and her spouse were eventually able to save their marriage through treatment.
Childhood and Adolescence
Amy Robach was born in East Lansing, Michigan, on February 6, 1973. She lived in St. Louis for half of her youth then Georgia for the following nine years. She was born in South Carolina and raised in South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Just before high school, she stayed in Atlanta, Georgia.
She attended Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, and graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Georgia.
Career of Amy Robach
Amy Robach began her career as a general assignment reporter for WCBD-TV, an NBC affiliate in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1995. She reported from Honduras on the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, and from Iceland on the transport of ‘Keiko,’ the killer whale, as he was flown back to his home waters in a Charleston Air Force cargo plane.
She also covered the aftermath of Hurricanes Bertha, Fran, and Bonnie, which wreaked havoc on the North Carolina coast. She also observed the lethal injection of a guy convicted of triple murders while working as a crime reporter. He had been on death row for more than two decades. In 1999, she left WCBD-TV.
She went to Washington, DC, in 1999, and worked as a reporter and morning and noon anchor for WTTG-TV, a Fox-owned and managed television station. While covering the conflict in Iraq, she reported live from the Pentagon. She also covered the aftermath of 9/11 and was a contributor to the award-winning Edward R. Murrow show about the Serial Sniper attacks. In 2003, she left WTTG-TV.
She joined NBC News in 2003 and worked there for nine years. From 2003 until 2007, she worked as an anchor for MSNBC. In 2007, she rose through the ranks to become the co-anchor of ‘Saturday Today,’ as well as an NBC News National Correspondent. She also worked as a co-anchor for NBC’s ‘Weekday Today,’ a newsreader for NBC’s ‘Weekday,’ and an anchor for NBC’s ‘Nightly News with Brian Williams.’
She interviewed significant political personalities such as Barack Obama, Senator John McCain, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Speaker Newt Gingrich during her nine years at NBC. She also sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an interview.
She covered the presidential elections for NBC in 2004 and 2008, traveling to Iowa to interview candidates. She also spoke with Elizabeth Edwards, an American attorney and best-selling novelist, following the scandal surrounding her husband John Edwards’ extramarital affair.
She went to Beijing in 2008 to cover the Olympic Games. In 2009, she interviewed Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was facing impeachment and criminal charges at the time. In Barbados in 2010, Amy had exclusive one-on-one interviews with Britain’s Prince Harry.
She traveled the world for ‘Where in the World Is Matt Lauer,’ reporting live from Kuala Lumpur and the Seychelles for the show. In 2012, she left NBC.
She switched to ABC News in May 2012. She began her career as a correspondent for ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’ She took over as the show’s news anchor in March 2014.
She hosted a two-hour primetime special called “Secrets of the Castle: Beyond Downton Abbey” in December 2013, for which she traveled to the English and Scottish country sides to cover behind-the-scenes footage from “Downton Abbey” and explore the British aristocracy.
Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Pakistani girl who was a part of the fight to liberate hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls, was interviewed by her in Nigeria in 2014. She covered the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the birth of Prince George from London. Susan Schneider, an American artist and the third wife of the late actor Robin Williams, was interviewed in November 2015. Schneider gave the interview for the first time since her husband committed suicide.
She wrote a New York Times bestseller on her battle with breast cancer in 2015, titled ‘Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On To Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour.’
She traveled extensively to national and international locations while working for ABC News, covering big news events. She covered the terrorist attacks in Brussels and the horrific shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. She covered a shooting ambush of police officers in Dallas, Texas, and reported from Newton, Connecticut, on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Her network-wide coverage from Trump headquarters on Election Night 2016, as well as the Washington Mall in Washington, DC for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, was well appreciated.
She went to Iceland with ice climbers to report on climate change, using a drone to take viewers live into a 100-foot-deep ice sinkhole. She covered the poaching pandemic and its global effects live from Tanzania. She also covered the shooting of Oscar Pistorious’ girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp live from South Africa.
Personal Experiences of Amy Robach
In 1994, Amy Robach finished third in the Miss Georgia pageant. In the same year, she was crowned Miss Grinnett County.
She married Tim McIntosh, a New Zealand cricket player, in 1996, but the couple divorced in 2008. Annalise and Ava are their two daughters.
She is currently married to American actor Andrew Shue. Andrew played Billy Campbell in ‘Melrose Place.’ After meeting at a book launch party in September 2009, they became engaged and married the following year. Elisabeth Shue, who played Marty McFly in ‘Back to the Future,’ is her sister-in-law.
Amy and Andrew are raising their blended family, which includes Amy’s two girls and Andrew’s three sons from his previous marriage to Jennifer Hageney—Nate, Aidan, and Wyatt.
The Battle Against Cancer
Amy Robach announced on ‘Good Morning America’ in November 2013 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Prior to the announcement, she got a mammogram on live air on October 1, 2013. She had a bilateral mastectomy and had to take some time off from broadcasting.
Because surgeons discovered a second malignant tumor in the other breast during surgery, the disease was classed as Stage IIB, indicating that it had spread to her lymph nodes. Eight rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and reconstruction surgery were administered to her. She is cancer-free and healthy as of 2017.
Amy Robach Net Worth
She has a net worth of $10 million but her salary is not revealed yet.