Cokie Roberts, the longtime political commentator and journalist for NPR and ABC News, has died at age 75. “Her death was due to complications from breast cancer,” reports ABC News.
The story continues, “Roberts, born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, said she got the name ‘Cokie’ from her older brother, who couldn’t pronounce Corinne and dubbed her Cokie instead. The name stuck with her ever since.”
Notes Wikipedia, “Cokie Roberts’ mother was … longtime Democratic Congresswoman from Louisiana, Lindy Boggs. Her father was Hale Boggs, a Democratic Congressman from Louisiana.
“‘Cokie Roberts will be dearly missed,’ said James Goldston, president of ABC News. ‘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 was] a true pioneer for women in journalism, well-regarded for her insightful analysis of politics and policy in Washington, D.C., countless newsmaking interviews, and, notably, her unwavering support for generations of young women— and men — who would follow in her footsteps.”
Roberts joined ABC News in 1988. Ten years before that she came aboard NPR. Said NPR in a story about Roberts today, “A bestselling author and Emmy Award winner, Roberts was one of NPR’s most recognizable voices and is considered one of a handful of pioneering female journalists — along with Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer and Susan Stamberg — who helped shape the public broadcaster’s sound and culture at a time when few women held prominent roles in journalism.”
To watch a five-minute tribute to Roberts, please click here. The video is near the top of the page.