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Penn State Altoona hosts Amy Robach for Speaker Series

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 4521 hits

Penn State Altoona hosts Amy Robach for Speaker Series

ALTOONA – Amy Robach, journalist, Good Morning America news anchor, and breast cancer survivor, will be at the Blair County Convention Center Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m., as part of Penn State Altoona’s Speaker Series.

In 2013, Robach announced on Good Morning America that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, just weeks after receiving a mammogram on live television. After undergoing surgery for a double mastectomy and completing eight chemotherapy sessions, Robach returned to the network’s morning program exactly three weeks after her surgery.

Since joining ABC News, Robach has traveled nationally and internationally to cover major news events including the 2014 Winter Olympics, the birth of Prince George, Superstorm Sandy, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. She also reported live from South Africa just days after the shooting of Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and anchored a special 20/20: The Fast Times of Oscar Pistorius.

Before joining ABC News, Robach worked at NBC News and MSNBC. A native of Lansing, Michigan, Robach earned a degree in broadcast journalism and graduated with honors from the University of Georgia. She resides in New York City with her husband and children.

Tickets to the event are $30 with $5 being donated to Penn State Hershey for breast cancer research. They may be purchased online at and through the Penn State Altoona Development and Alumni Relations Office at 814-949-5091 or at 1419 Twelfth Avenue in downtown Altoona. The title sponsor for the event is UPMC Altoona & UPMC Health Plan. Media sponsors are WTAJ, Forever Broadcasting, and the Altoona Mirror.

Proceeds from the Speaker Series events benefit the Penn State Altoona Future Fund, which provides funds for programs that enrich the academic and cultural life on campus and in the community. This fund also enables the administration to offer emergency scholarship assistance to students experiencing a financial crisis. Sponsorships from an array of individuals, businesses and corporations enable Penn State Altoona to direct all proceeds to the Future Fund.

Media contact:
N. Susan Woodring, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, 814-949-5631
Marissa Carney, Media Relations Coordinator, University Relations 814-949-5105

Web Contact:
Jonathan O'Harrow, Webmaster, University Relations 814-949-5105

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