Cokie Roberts dies; Trump falls to the occasion

Carla Harmon
September 18, 2019

Cokie Roberts, 75, passed away on September 17 after suffering complications from breast cancer, a disease she was first diagnosed with in 2002. Her family said in a statement, "We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness".

Roberts wrote several books about overlooked women in American political history, including "Founding Mothers", about the wives and other female relatives of the men who helped create the American republic.

Cokie Roberts - the revered journalist and political commentator who was a pioneer for women during her storied career - has died. "But I would like to wish her family well". Her younger brother nicknamed her Cokie after he couldn't pronounce Corinne.

Roberts was an Emmy-winning journalist who was one of National Public Radio's stars, with her incisive commentary and ability to translate hard issues making her a favorite among listeners.


As one listener wrote to our office, "she had a plumb, level and straight presence that promised that we would get through this hail and lightning storm".

While staying at NPR, she started working at PBS on "NewsHour" and in 1988 joined ABC News.

"Michelle and I are sad to hear about the passing of Cokie Roberts", President Barack Obama said in a statement. "She covered us for decades as a talented, tough, and fair reporter".

Journalist Cokie Roberts appears at the National Press Foundation's 26th annual awards dinner on February 10, 2009 in Washington, DC.


Even if you were a young congressional press secretary, as I was back in the day, she would treat you with grace and respect, despite the fact she was part of Washington's political and journalistic royalty.

In 1977, Roberts and her family returned to Washington, where she took a job with a then-almost unknown NPR. She knew the trials and tribulations of the nameless who kept the Congress going, and she expressed her appreciation by treating them with professionalism and compassion.

Roberts' father, former Democratic House majority leader Hale Boggs, died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1972.

ABC News reports she recently acknowledged health issues. She has since reported for publications like NPR and networks like BBC, and has helped to host a number of radio shows. 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.


Per ABC, she leaves behind longtime husband and fellow journalist Steve Roberts, two children and six grandchildren. "I am doing fine", she said in a statement after the "This Week" appearance.

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