Cokie Roberts passes away at 75


Cokie Roberts - the revered journalist and political commentator who was a pioneer for women during her storied career - has died. "Cokie has won nearly every award in journalism; she has been the trusted voice that Americans count on when political news breaks".

"Cokie Roberts will be dearly missed", said James Goldston, president of ABC News, where Roberts worked for decades.

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.

She joined ABC News in 1988 and was co-anchor with Sam Donaldson of the Sunday political show "This Week" from 1996 to 2002.

Roberts was 75 and had previously survived a bout with breast cancer after originally being diagnosed in 2002. "Cokie was one of NPR's 'founding mothers, ' since 1978 her signature voice and commentary have accompanied public radio listeners, provided context for news and been a familiar presence in their homes". She won three Emmy Awards and contributed to two of the three major US networks, as well as PBS and National Public Radio.

Ms. Roberts was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and named a "living legend" by the Library of Congress in 2008.

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"We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness", her family said in a statement Tuesday.

Roberts first made a name for herself at NPR in the late 1970s, where she covered congress and helped "shape the public broadcaster's sound and culture at a time when few women held prominent roles in journalism", the network wrote in its report of her death.

Goldston said Roberts was a "true pioneer for women in journalism" and provided "unwavering support for younger generations of young women - and men - who would follow in her footsteps".

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. Our dear friend and colleague Cokie Roberts passed away this morning in Washington, surrounded by her family and closest friends. "But I've sort of assuaged my guilt by writing about it and feeling like I'm educating people about the government and how to be good voters and good citizens", Roberts told The Washington Post in March.

"I have always felt semi-guilty about it".

Survivors include her husband, journalist Steven V. Roberts; two children; and six grandchildren.