Welcome Out, CNN Anchor Thomas Roberts

Jim Burroway

September 12th, 2006

CNN's Thomas RobertsCNN Headline News anchor Thomas Robert decided to come out of the closet at this year’s Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conference in Miami.

Roberts said that participating as a panel speaker at the gay journalists conference was the biggest step he took to really being out and public. He also told the audience that he’s proud of his partner and how he has gradually come out at work over the years. And he offers this observation about being closeted while everyone else around you is speculating:

“When you hold something back, that’s all everyone wants to know,” he told the audience.

Welcome out, Thomas Roberts

Stop the Presses! In what has to be the worst possible case of bad timing on CNN’s part, Thomas Roberts’ newscast has been canceled. I’m sure we’ll see an adamant disclaimer from CNN soon.

Another update: A reader tipped me to Thomas Roberts’ extensive interview that was just published (Friday) in After Elton. He denies any connection between his “coming out” and CNN’s rescheduled newscasts. He points out that news programs get shuffled all the time. Also, he has been out to his co-workers for several years, so that shouldn’t have been a big deal to anyone.

bob buscombe

July 21st, 2007

I am very disappointed that Thomas
Roberts is no longer a news anchor
at CNN

I thought he was absolutely one of
most talented and appealing news
broadcasters in the business, and
the main reason for watching CNN.

I hope that he will be visible again
soon. He should do his own show
with something original.

All of us here in Hawaii miss him
Uncle Bob (Honolulu)

James Winfree

July 29th, 2007

Thomas Roberts, Where ever you are I hope that you read this. You are so missed and never have I witnessed a more thorough, engaging and dedicated announcer than yourself. Please come back to the television world. So many (and I do many) of us miss you and admire you for coming out for not only yourself, but for all the gays who need someone of your stature to let the world know that gays are merely HUMAN BEINGS and capable of bringing good things to our world. May God richly bless you.


October 23rd, 2007

Thomas Roberts is truly missed by almost everyone I know Big Big Big mistake CNN have you seen any of the replacements they have?


September 1st, 2008

Just did a search to see what happened to you… sure miss you on CNN!!! I’d like to catch up if you have a moment to reply – at least let us all know where you are and what you’re doing.

Best to you!

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