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Women's History Month – Women In Broadcasting
Published Thursday, March 7, 2013
by Taylor Shaw

RALEIGH – Growing up in Marietta, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, Elise Roberts and her family watched Monica Pearson every night on the local news. Pearson joined WSB-TV in 1975 as the city’s first woman and first minority to anchor the 6 p.m. news. She retired in 2012.

“She was so eloquent and poised,” Roberts said. “I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I’ve pushed forward ever since.”



Roberts anchors the weekend morning newscast on News 14 Carolina. You can also see her reporting from the field during the week. Through her nearly 10-year span in the news industry, Roberts has covered everything from crime to politics – covering President Barack Obama and interviewing former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“It’s always exciting to get to be a part of anything that involves the movers and shakers of the world,” she said. “Those types of stories where you bring bigger voices on a local scale are always fun for me.”

Roberts, a graduate of Kennesaw State and Tulane universities, began her career in Macon, Ga., as a producer, reporter and entertainment anchor for WMAZ-TV. She spent two years at the station producing the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

She later became a reporter and fill-in anchor with WLOX-TV in south Mississippi before moving to Greensboro to report and anchor for News 14 Carolina in May 2009. Three years later, she began working at the station’s Charlotte location.

“News is evolving, in my opinion, not as much as it should,” she said.

Roberts would like to see more diversity in the industry. Not just in front of the camera but in all aspects, including production and management.

Outside of the newsroom, she is known for her signature style and her love for fashion and all things decor. She also enjoys cooking and volunteering.
Roberts has gained recognition for her volunteer work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast and the NAACP, among a host of other local and state organizations for her service to youth and the community.

“My platform is the youth, young girls especially. They are heavily influenced by the wrong things; music is teaching our children. It shouldn't be, but it is. Any chance that I can get to talk to or inspire girls, I try to,” she said.






Great job and keep up the good work and continue to be an awesome role model to our young girls! Auntie Sheri
Posted on March 11, 2013
Great job Elise! What an inspiration to young women. Keep up the great work! Auntie Keecia
Posted on March 10, 2013
Posted on March 9, 2013
Who said you can't have beauty and brains?! : ). You go, Ms.Roberts. #teamelise
Posted on March 8, 2013

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