CNN journalist Chuck Roberts to speak at Reinhardt on October 25

CNN Journalist Chuck Roberts to speak at Reinhardt on October 25, as part of Year of China program

Chuck RobertsPlease join COMment, the Communication student organization, as we welcome veteran CNN journalist Chuck Roberts to Reinhardt University on Thursday, October 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Falany Performing Art Center. Roberts will share his stories about his efforts since 2010 to establish independent news broadcasting across China. His visit is part of the Year of China program at Reinhardt for 2012-2013. This event is not open to the public.

Roberts Background

Chuck Roberts is a former CNN Headline News anchor now teaching media training in China for Missouri School of Journalism. He and his teammates lecture across 34 provinces and broadcast centers in China. The nationally-recognized news veterans spend twelve days, six times a year, training producers, writers, anchor and managers as they initiate for-profit news programming to compete with CCTV, the government’s principal television outlet.

Chuck began Asia media training in October, 2010 after a 28-year career as the principal afternoon news anchor at CNN Headline News. He was the network’s founding anchor, airing its inaugural broadcast on New Year’s Eve 1981. Chuck was principal correspondent on election nights across four presidential cycles. He anchored the CNN Headline News coverage for national news events from the “Miracle on the Hudson” jet landing, the Gulf oil spill, the tragic aftermath of 9/11 to the 1986 Challenger disaster.

Born in Kansas City, MO, Chuck Roberts graduated Missouri School of Journalism. In 1973, he won the Faculty-Student Award for Excellence.  In 2010, MU students named a dorm floor after him. He also was the University’s 2005 homecoming Grand Marshal.

Today, Roberts serves as a consultant for Cumulus Media and All News 106.7, the city’s first all-news radio station. He says it’s a thrill to be saddling up for live field reports and election coverage again. Roberts is a board member of Covenant House Georgia, the largest shelter for homeless youth in the Atlanta area.  He is a 35-year member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

For more information

For more information, contact Dr. Pam Wilson, associate professor of communication, at 770-720-5578 or