While working at ABC News, you could see the up-close and personal Cokie, who worked incredibly hard and was as good a competitor as anyone, yet she never let her position or knowledge of the inner nooks and crannies of Washington undermine her manners nor her commitment to great journalism. She served as NPR's congressional correspondent for more than 10 years.
In the 1970s Cokie started in radio as a foreign correspondent for CBS, before moving to NPR to cover Capitol Hill in 1978.
Cokie Roberts - an award-winning journalist, political commentator and author whose career spanned five decades - died Tuesday of complications from breast cancer.
Cokie was born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts née Boggs on December 27, 1943.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Roberts was born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs on December 27, 1943.
Roberts also wrote a number of New York Times bestselling books, most recently "Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868" in 2015.
The veteran reporter succumbed to breast cancer, her family said. She is pictured in an October 4, 2010, photo.
Her father, Thomas Hale Boggs Sr, served in Congress for more than 30 years before he went missing on a campaign flight in Alaska in 1972. Her mother, Lindy Claiborne Boggs, took over for her husband, holding the seat for 17 years. Lindy Boggs, who died in 2013, was appointed US ambassador to the Vatican in 1997, a post she held until 2001.
In interviews, Roberts often said she might have run for public office herself but thought she would spare her journalist husband the difficulty of what could be an awkward dynamic. The women who were my teachers and remain my dear friends mean the world to me. "They took girls seriously in the 1950s - a radical notion, so there was never any "grown-up" need to reject them, only to thank them - and they keep the faith".
Our dear friend and colleague Cokie Roberts passed away this morning in Washington, surrounded by her family and closest friends.
She said: "Over the summer, I have had some health issues which required treatment that caused weight loss". Sure. And to be a Catholic, still a little simpler still? Her younger brother nicknamed her Cokie after he couldn't pronounce Corinne.
In the days leading up to her death, Steven & Cokie Roberts wrote a shared op-ed condemning Donald Trump's presidency.
"You wonderful, holy, awe-inspiring women - you women of spirit - have taught us well".
"I would just sort of pick it up and put it on the table say, "I think this belongs to you, '" she recalled".