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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Egg Yolk Yellow
Favorite Food:
Soft Shell Crab
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tuscany, France
Favorite Quote:
Try It You May Like It.

Birthplace

Born:
10/5/1949
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Egg Yolk Yellow
Favorite Food:
Soft Shell Crab
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Tuscany, France
Favorite Quote:
Try It You May Like It.

Birthplace

Born:
10/5/1949
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Broadcast journalist Andrea Roane was born on October 5, 1949 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Frederic and Ethel Roane. She attended the Holy Ghost Elementary School, and graduated from the Xavier University Preparatory School in New Orleans. Roane went on to receive her B.A. degree in secondary education in 1971, and her M.A. degree in drama and communications in 1973, both from LSU - New Orleans, now the University of New Orleans.

From 1971 to 1974, Roane worked as a middle school and high school English teacher. She was also coordinator of cultural services for the New Orleans Parish Public Schools, and served as an administrator and principal of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In 1975, Roane was hired as an education reporter for the New Orleans public television station WYES, where she also hosted a weekly magazine show and was the station's project director of a federally funded education show. Roane then worked for WWL-TV, a CBS affiliate, as an education reporter from 1976 until 1978. She returned to WYES for one year, and, in 1979, was hired as a host and correspondent for WETA public broadcasting station. Then, in 1981, Roane was hired as the Sunday evening and weekday morning anchor for WUSA Channel 9 in Washington, D.C., where she went on to serve in a number of news anchor roles. In 1993, she initiated an innovative Washington, D.C. breast cancer awareness program called Buddy Check 9.

Roane has served as co-chair of the Kennedy Center Community and Friends Board; as a member of the Capital Breast Care Center Community Advisory Council; and as a trustee of the National Museum of Women In The Arts. She is also a sustaining director of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. She served on the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center Health Disparities Initiative Community Advisory Board; the National Catholic Education Association Board; and served as a trustee of the Catholic University of America. Roane is also a Dame of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta; and a member of the Women's Forum of Washington. She is a lifetime member of both the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women, and a member of the LINKS, Inc, Metropolitan D.C. Chapter.

Roane has received many awards and honors for her work. She has won multiple Emmy and Gracie Awards. She was also named one of Washingtonian Magazine's "Washingtonians of the Year" in 2006, and was honored by the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation with its Community Service Award. In addition to being named the 2010 Rebecca Lipkin Honoree for Media Distinction by Susan G. Komen For the Cure, she received the 2012 Faith Does Justice Award from Catholic Charities.

Roane and her husband, Michael Skehan, live in Washington, D.C. They have two children: Alicia and Andrew.

Andrea Roane was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 27, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Andrea Roane lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Andrea Roane describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Andrea Roane talks about her Creole heritage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Andrea Roane describes her maternal family's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Andrea Roane talks about her mother's community in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Andrea Roane describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Andrea Roane describes her father's military service
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Andrea Roane talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Andrea Roane describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Andrea Roane talks about her brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Andrea Roane describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Andrea Roane describes her neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Andrea Roane describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Andrea Roane describes her family's food traditions, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Andrea Roane describes her family's food traditions, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Andrea Roane remembers the music of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Andrea Roane remembers celebrating Mardi Gras
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Andrea Roane talks about the Mardi Gras krewes in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Andrea Roane recalls traveling with her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Andrea Roane remembers the Holy Ghost Catholic School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Andrea Roane recalls her early interests and activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Andrea Roane remembers the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Andrea Roane remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Andrea Roane recalls the exclusion of women of color from television news
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Andrea Roane remembers the Xavier University Preparatory School in New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Andrea Roane remembers the Xavier University Preparatory School in New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Andrea Roane recalls her decision to attend Louisiana State University in New Orleans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Andrea Roane remembers her influential professors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Andrea Roane talks about her teaching experiences in New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Andrea Roane talks about her teaching experiences in New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Andrea Roane describes her transition from teaching to education reporting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Andrea Roane remembers her work at WYES-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Andrea Roane talks about her programming for WYES-TV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Andrea Roane remembers her time at WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Andrea Roane remembers moving to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Andrea Roane remembers reporting on Hurricane David in Mobile, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Andrea Roane recalls joining WETA-TV in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Andrea Roane describes her transition to WDVM-TV in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Andrea Roane remembers the notable journalists on WDVM-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Andrea Roane describes her experiences as a news anchor on WDVM-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Andrea Roane remembers her co-anchor, Mike Buchanan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Andrea Roane remembers the changes in the community of Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Andrea Roane talks about the importance of balanced news coverage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Andrea Roane remembers being removed from her news anchor position
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Andrea Roane recalls returning to the morning news at WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Andrea Roane remembers the attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Andrea Roane talks about her colleagues at WUSA-TV
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Andrea Roane talks about the Buddy Check 9 program, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Andrea Roane remembers her awards and honors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Andrea Roane talks about the Buddy Check 9 program, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Andrea Roane reflects upon the highlights of her career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Andrea Roane describes her production work on WUSA-TV
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Andrea Roane talks about the representation of minorities in the news
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Andrea Roane talks about the changes in the media industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Andrea Roane talks about her J.C. Hayward's experience of breast cancer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Andrea Roane talks about the criminal charges against her son
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Andrea Roane reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Andrea Roane describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Andrea Roane reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Andrea Roane talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Andrea Roane remembers her international travels
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Andrea Roane talks about President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Andrea Roane describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Andrea Roane describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Andrea Roane narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Andrea Roane narrates her photographs, pt. 2