Thomas Roberts in a screen grab from the historic July 18th, 2015 broadcast.

TV host and all-around media personality Scott Nevins put it best on his Facebook page:  “If ever there was a living embodiment of what I've always dreamed my husband would be/look like, it's Thomas Roberts. The fact that I'm a news junkie only makes our match even more perfect!   Oh, and don't any of you dare post about how he is already married…leave me alone with my delusional fantasies!”

As reported by Alana Horowitz for The Huffington Post, “Thomas Roberts anchored NBC's “Nightly News” on Saturday, a huge milestone for both the 42-year-old journalist's career and gay rights history.  Until the broadcast, an openly gay person had never anchored the nightly news on network TV. Roberts told The Advocate that it was a 'huge honor' to fill the role.” 

In his official bio on, we learn:

“Thomas Roberts is an award-winning journalist who anchors MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts on weekdays at 1pm. Roberts also serves as a fill-in host on NBC’s TODAY, and was formerly the host of MSNBC’s Way Too Early and a contributor on Morning Joe. Roberts was made an official member of MSNBC’s dayside team in December 2010, after having served as a freelance anchor for several months.

Prior to his addition to msnbc’s team, Roberts served as a correspondent for CBS News. He also contributed to several entertainment shows including “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider.” Prior to that, Roberts was a news anchor for CNN Headline News.

Roberts is an award-winning journalist, having received a 2002 Emmy nomination and a Virginia Associated Press award for his work on the documentary, Parvo Puppies. He also received an Edward R. Murrow award in 2001 for a documentary that he produced titled, When Parents Don’t Pay. In 2014 his report on “Gay Rights at Work” was honored with a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment.

Roberts has also been honored for his work as an advocate in the LGBT community, and is the recipient of the prestigious Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign in October 2011. He was also honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation, Marriage Equality USA and The National Crime Victim Bar Association.  

In the fall of 2012, Roberts married his longtime partner, Patrick Abner in New York City.  The service was officiated by Gavin Newsom the Lieutenant Governor of California.

Roberts is a graduate of McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College). He resides in New York City with his husband and their two dogs.”

Congratulations, Thomas!