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ABC 7 announces new local show: "Suncoast View"

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- ABC 7 Sarasota has announced its team of Co-Hosts for “Suncoast View,” the station’s one-hour, locally-produced daily talk show that premieres September 8th. The program’s format is inspired by the ABC Network’s popular, long-running talk show, “The View” and will air weekdays at 4:00PM.

Stephanie Roberts, the popular Co-Anchor of ABC 7’s Good Morning Suncoast, will serve as the show’s moderator. Rounding out the dynamic team of Co-Hosts are ABC 7’s beloved, veteran Reporter Linda Carson; ABC 7 Reporter Bobeth Yates; and ABC 7 Political Contributor, Regina Hopper. All of the co-hosts will retain their other duties at the station.

The afternoon chatfest will feature the co-hosts discussing local “hot topics” in the news, sharing their opinions and engaging in lively conversations on every day issues and subjects such as parenting, relationships, cooking, fashion, entertainment, home & garden and even politics. The program will also include interviews with newsmakers and stories trending on social media.

In making the announcement, Jeff Benninghoff, Vice President of Broadcast, Calkins Media (ABC 7’s parent company)/General Manager of ABC 7, said, “ABC 7 is fortunate to have a team of strong, versatile on-air talent. Stephanie, Linda, Bobeth and Regina each have unique backgrounds and interesting life experiences that will serve them well in this particular kind of talk show format. I’m confident that this team will prove to be an engaging and entertaining combination.”

Roberts, who joined ABC 7 in 2013, is the mother of two and has worked in major market morning television for over 15 years as both a news anchor and a meteorologist. Born and raised in Chicago, she has a Journalism degree from Penn State and a meteorology certification from Mississippi State University. Roberts has made numerous appearances as guest weather anchor on Good Morning America, most recently in June. She also serves occasionally as a guest host on the Home Shopping Network. Off the set, Roberts spends her time on sports fields with her daughter, Reagan and son, Ryan. The family shares a love of all sports and enjoys visiting area beaches, biking, fishing and gardening.

Carson joined ABC 7 in 1995 and specializes in local entertainment reporting, with popular weekly segments called "Suncoast Scene" and “Event of the Week.” She also does a weekly report called “Amazing Women of the Suncoast.” Carson started her TV career in 1964 as a "TV Weather Girl" in Atlanta and went on to become one of the first female anchors in the country. Carson has covered many major stories over the course of her career, including the civil rights movement in Atlanta during the 1960’s, and was in a Sarasota classroom with President George W. Bush on September 11th when terrorists struck the World Trade Center. She continued following the story after it was discovered that some of the terrorists had taken flying lessons at Venice Municipal Airport. Carson was married to Bud Carson, a well-known and highly regarded football coach who held posts with the Pittsburgh Steelers, L.A. Rams and Georgia Tech. She is involved with numerous community organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of Circus Sarasota.

Yates joined ABC 7 as a general assignment reporter in 2012. Before moving to the Suncoast, she reported at stations in Fort Myers; Savannah, Georgia; Panama City, Florida and Great Falls, Montana. Yates has covered everything from presidential elections to bake sales and believes in giving a voice to those who would otherwise not have one. Yates has a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Florida State University. She is recently married and enjoys travelling.

Hopper joined ABC 7 as a Political Contributor in 2014 and is a former network news correspondent. She covered the Bush and Clinton White Houses, reporting for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Morning News, CBS Weekend News and 48 Hours. Hopper is an accomplished attorney, having worked in securities and bankruptcy law, and has also served as a top executive for several Washington D.C. industry associations, including America’s Natural Gas Alliance, US Telecom and the American Trucking Associations. Hopper has a JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas. She is also a Board Member of the Miss America Organization.

ABC 7 (WWSB-TV) is the ABC affiliate serving Florida’s Suncoast and is owned by Calkins Media, Inc.