Towson native, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts marries longtime partner

  • Towson native and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts married his longtime partner Patrick Abner in a ceremony in New York City on Saturday.
Towson native and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts married his longtime… (Photo provided by Roberts…)
October 01, 2012|By Jacques Kelly | The Baltimore Sun

Thomas Roberts, a news anchor for MSNBC who grew up in Towson, is marrying Patrick D. Abner, his partner of 12 years, at a ceremony today in New York City.

Roberts, who is 39, is a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and McDaniel College in Westminster.

The ceremony was scheduled for the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel, according to his publicist, Pete Sanders. Gavin Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco and current Lieutenant Governor of California, officiated.

Roberts was previously was seen on CNN and Entertainment Tonight and Insider.

His parents are Rob and Michelle Roberts who lives in Towson. His partner, Patrick Abner, works for the pharmaceutical firm Merck.

Roberts has been in broadcast journalism for many years and has worked in Lincoln, Neb. and in San Diego. He was a Fox affiliate news anchor and investigative reporter in Fort Myers, Fla. and a co-anchor of an afternoon newscast for a NBC affiliate in Portsmouth, Va.

He received an Emmy Award nomination in 2002 while a CNN co-anchor. A year later he co-anchored the CNN Headline News coverage of the Columbia space shuttle disaster.

He joined MSNBC in 2010.

Roberts was himself the subject of media attention in 2005, when he came forward to testify against Baltimoreans Jerome "Jeff" F. Toohey, a former Roman Catholic priest who Roberts said abused him while a Calvert Hall student. Roberts was interviewed in 2007 in “Sins of the Father,” on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

An earlier version of this story misidentified the first name of the former Roman Catholic priest whom Thomas Roberts came forward to testify against. The Sun regrets the error.

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