Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist, dies at 75

Journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts dies at 75

Cokie Roberts dies at 75

"I was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Cokie Roberts, a brilliant journalist and even better human being".

US journalist Cokie Roberts, regarded by National Public Radio as one of its "founding mothers" and a prominent political commentator on ABC News, died on Tuesday at 75 at her Washington home from complications of breast cancer, her family said.

"We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness", her family said in a statement. "Cokie's kindness, generosity, sharp intellect and thoughtful take on the big issues of the day made ABC a better place and all of us better journalists".

Roberts became one of the most prominent Washington broadcasters of her era and championed young women in media during a long career with NPR and ABC News.

Roberts, who also appeared on the "MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour" on PBS during her time at NPR, arrived at ABC News in 1988.

She co-anchored the Sunday political show "This Week" with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002.

Roberts wrote several books about overlooked women in American political history, including "Founding Mothers", about the wives and other female relatives of the men who helped create the American republic.

In 1977, Roberts and her family returned to Washington, where she took a job with a then-almost unknown NPR.

Roberts' death was immediately felt throughout the journalism community, particularly by those who worked with her.

She told the Post that her cancer diagnosis didn't give her a newfound perspective on life, because she already had one.

"I don't just see this role of women as caretakers in the world that I cover, I see it in the world I live in", she said in her commencement speech at Wellesley College, her alma mater, in 1994.

During the 2016 campaign, Cokie Roberts and Trump also sparred on live television over the impact of his racially tinged rhetoric. Roberts was the daughter of Hale and Lindy Boggs, two members of Congress from Louisiana, and went on the chronicle the political world she grew up in. They were married for over 50 years and wrote a widely popular syndicated newspaper column and two books together. "She liked the game of politics and she understood that it was a game".

Lindy Boggs was later appointed to be the US ambassador to the Holy See by then-President Bill Clinton in 1997.

As a commentator, Roberts sometimes walked a line that threatened to eclipse her role as a dispassionate journalist. Our dear friend and colleague Cokie Roberts passed away this morning in Washington, surrounded by her family and closest friends.

But her values put family and relationships above all else.

We would like to thank the staff at the National Institutes of Health for their dedication, expertise, work and incredible care for Cokie during her illness.

Roberts is survived by her husband Steve V. Roberts and her children Lee Roberts and Rebecca Roberts, her grandchildren Regan, Hale and Cecilia Roberts and Claiborne, Jack and Roland Hartman, along with nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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