Broadcast journalism legend Cokie Roberts dies at 75 – CBS Detroit

(CNN) — Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, three-time Emmy winner and broadcasting legend and pioneer, has died at the age of 75, ABC News reported.

Roberts has worked in television, public radio and publishing for over 40 years. She began her tenure at ABC as a contributor for “This Week with David Brinkley” and later became ABC’s Chief Congressional Analyst.

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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, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

“Cokie will be missed beyond measure, both for his contributions and for his love and kindness,” Roberts’ family said in a statement Tuesday.

Roberts died on Tuesday “due to complications from breast cancer,” the family statement said.

“She will be sincerely missed. Cokie’s kindness, generosity, sharp intellect and thoughtful thinking about the big issues of the day have made ABC a better place and all of us better journalists,” the president said. ‘ABC News, James Goldston, in a statement.

Roberts began his career in the 1960s at WNEW and KNBC-TV. She joined CBS News in 1974 and then NPR in 1978, for which she covered Capitol Hill and reported on the Panama Canal Treaty. She was also a correspondent for “The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour” and as a senior news analyst for PBS.

“Cokie was one of NPR’s ‘founding mothers,’ since 1978 her signature voice and commentary have accompanied public radio listeners, provided context for the news, and been a familiar presence in their homes,” the president said. and NPR CEO Jarl Mohn in a statement.

Roberts has also written a number of New York Times bestselling books, including the most recent “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868” in 2015.

Roberts’ death was immediately felt throughout the journalistic community, especially by those who worked with her.

ABC World News Tonight presenter David Muir tweeted: “You have made us all better. Your bright mind, your sharp wit – and above all, your kind heart.

Steve Inskeep of NPR said, “She was an insightful voice on air and a leader behind the scenes, both at @NPR and @abcnews.

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Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffery said Roberts “broke down barriers for female journalists and had a remarkable life”.

Read the full memo Goldston sent to ABC staffers:


I write with very sad news. Our dear friend and colleague Cokie Roberts passed away this morning in Washington, surrounded by family and closest friends.

Cokie had a storied career spanning more than 40 years in television, public radio and publishing. She started at ABC as a contributor for This Week with David Brinkley, appearing frequently on the panel. She was ABC’s chief congressional analyst, anchored This Week with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002, and was known as one of the smartest political commentators on TV and radio for decades. A true trailblazer for women in journalism, Cokie was highly regarded for her insightful analysis of politics and politics in Washington, D.C., countless interviews with reporters and, most notably, her unwavering support for generations of young women – and men – who follow in her footsteps.

In the 1970s, Cokie began in radio as a foreign correspondent for CBS, before moving to NPR to cover Capitol Hill in 1978. She would then become the Congressional correspondent for NPR, where she would eventually split her time with ABC News. Cokie is perhaps the only reporter to file for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, World News Tonight and Nightline in a single day.

An extremely talented writer and historian, Cokie has published six books, many of them bestsellers and most about women in American history, whose stories have often been overlooked. She has won every major journalism award and received more than 30 honorary degrees. Cokie was named one of the 50 Greatest Women in Broadcasting History by American Women in Radio and Television, and the Library of Congress declared her a “Living Legend” in 2008, making her the one of the few Americans ever honored.

Her beloved husband, Steve, was by her side the whole time. They were married for more than 50 years and together wrote a highly popular column in a syndicated newspaper and two books. Cokie and Steve were married in the garden of his parents’ Bethesda home, where Cokie grew up and where they would later raise their family. They had two children, Lee and Rebecca, and six grandchildren, whom she treasured.

Please join me in sending your thoughts and prayers to Cokie’s family and loved ones. His family forwarded the message below. We will share service details when they become available.

She will be sincerely missed. Cokie’s kindness, generosity, sharp intellect and thoughtful thinking about the big issues of the day have made ABC a better place and all of us better journalists. Please take a moment today to remember an outstanding journalist and remarkable friend.


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