Cokie Roberts, a pioneering journalist who was perhaps best known for her savvy insight and analysis of politics, government and Washington D.C., has died at the age of 75, ABC News has announced. Her death was due to complications from breast cancer.
“We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness,” her family said in a statement.
“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 won many awards, including three Emmys, throughout her decades-long career, according to ABC News, which adds 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. She was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2008.
She was perhaps best known as a commentator for ABC News, starting as a contributor for This Week with David Brinkley, and as the network’s chief congressional analyst and anchor on This Week with Sam Donaldson.
Roberts started in radio as a foreign correspondent for CBS, and then moved to NPR to cover Capitol Hill in 1978. She split her time between NPR and ABC and, according to the network, she was “perhaps the only reporter to have filed for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, World News Tonight and Nightline in a single day.”
She is survived by her husband, fellow journalist Steven Roberts, her children, Lee and Rebecca and her six grandchildren.
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