Robin Roberts honored for journalism and courage

Robin Roberts wins the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Robin Roberts is a co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America."

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Journalist Robin Roberts in New York May 14, 2014. Roberts was announced as the 2014 winner of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

"Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts will receive the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University's Cronkite School.

The university announced that Roberts will receive the award during an Oct. 6 luncheon in Phoenix.

Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan says Roberts has made outstanding contributions to journalism and demonstrated great personal courage.

Roberts faced public battles with breast cancer in 2007 and a bone marrow disorder in 2012.

Roberts worked for several radio and television stations and ESPN before being named co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" in 2005.

The Mississippi native is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University.

The Cronkite award "encourages and showcases substantive and innovative coverage that informs viewers about their electoral choices. The award recognizes television journalism that helps viewers understand who the candidates are; what the issues and ballot propositions are; how electoral choices will affect their lives; how to assess campaign information, including advertising; and how to register, vote and make their own voices heard."

The 2013 Individual national prize winner was Martha Raddatz of ABC News.

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