"Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts had already earned three Emmys and helped boost her show's ratings when she decided to take her personal battle with a rare blood disorder public. She successfully underwent a risky bone marrow transplant and returned to the show in February -- but not before the organization Be the Match Registry credited a 1,800 percent uptick in bone marrow donors to her candid discussion about her experience along the way. Now stronger than ever, Roberts has been voted the most trusted woman on TV by Reader's Digest.
"I wish my mom and dad were here to see this," she recently told the magazine, when asked about the honor. "It would mean so much to them because all they wanted was for us to grow up to be good people. They didn't care that sister is a social worker and brother is a teacher and that two of us are on TV. All they wanted was for us to be trustworthy citizens. And there's a responsibility that goes with that, and it's not something I take lightly."