Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts died today in Washington, D.C.at age 75. She may be the only reporter to file stories for "Morning Edition", "All Things Considered", "World News Tonight" and "Nightline" in a single day, said James Goldston, ABC News president.
Roberts also wrote eight books that mostly focus on the role of women in US history. By the 1980s she'd risen to national prominence as a journalist for NPR and ABC News.
Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians and a pioneering journalist who chronicled Washington from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump for NPR and ABC News, died Tuesday of complications from breast cancer.
"I would just sort of pick it up and put it on the table say, "I think this belongs to you, '" she recalled". Her younger brother nicknamed her Cokie after he couldn't pronounce Corinne. She won three Emmy Awards and contributed to two of the three major US networks, as well as PBS and National Public Radio.
As one listener wrote to our office, "she had a plumb, level and straight presence that promised that we would get through this hail and lightning storm".
In the 1970s, Cokie started in radio as a foreign correspondent for CBS, before moving to NPR to cover Capitol Hill in 1978.
"When I think of politics, I think of Cokie Roberts", he said.
In addition to her work on TV, Roberts wrote eight books, most of which became New York Times bestsellers. "She covered us for decades as a talented, tough, and fair reporter". In 2008, the Library of Congress recognised her as a "Living Legend".
She was the daughter of Hale Boggs, a USA representative and House majority leader from Louisiana who died in an Alaska plane crash in 1972, and the late Lindy Boggs, who was elected to Congress after his death.
Her husband, Steven Roberts, is also a journalist and the couple have two children and six grandchildren. "Fortunately, in the course of my efforts to inform others about the disease, I learned about the benefits of early detection", she said in a statement, "Now I am the beneficiary of that information".
"Her warmth, wit and wisdom will be deeply missed by all", Pelosi said.
"She really knew her homework and was quite irreverent as well", Sajet says, adding that Roberts "looked at history at a 90-foot height and can fill in the history with all these interesting details". The only answer is to hire more reporters, and she didn't expect that to happen. "And I'm very sorry for her family and, and for all those who followed her", Cassidy said.
NPR's Steve Inskeep said "She was an insightful voice on the air, and a leader behind the scenes, at both @NPR and @abcnews". She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.