COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Feb. 21) – Award-winning NBC Sports commentator Jimmy Roberts ’79 is offering some of his best advice to Merrill College students in a new video.

Roberts began his journalism career as a writer for his high school newspaper and later graduated from the University of Maryland with a journalism degree. Roberts is a 13-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and writer known most recently for his work on NBC and Golf Channel as an essayist, interviewer, feature reporter and studio host.

  • He is a fixture on NBC and Golf Channel’s coverage of the PGA TOUR and other high-profile golf events, including the Ryder Cup. Roberts joined NBC Sports Group in May 2000 after a long career at ABC and ESPN in which he won 11 Sports Emmy Awards.
  • In 2009, Harper Collins published Roberts’ first book, Breaking the Slump, which deals with how some of the best golfers to ever play the game dug themselves out of dry spells.
  • Roberts served as an Olympic correspondent during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Rio was his 16th Olympic assignment. He lives in the New York area with his wife, Sandra, and their three sons.

Roberts was honored with a “Distinguished Terrapin” award by the Shirley Povich Sports Center last November.

In his video, Roberts tells students that an important part of their college career is to mix classwork with real-world experiences sharpening skills and growing as a person. Thanks to Povich Center Director George Solomon for making this video possible!