Remembering Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts

Courtesy ABC/Lou Rocco

“It is such a privilege — you have a front seat to history.”
— Cokie Roberts, reflecting on her career in 2017

Cokie Roberts, a pioneering female journalist who gave an insider’s perspective on Washington politics, died Sept. 17 from breast cancer complications at age 75.

Born into a family of politicians, Roberts began her career in radio as a foreign correspondent for CBS in the 1970s. In 1977, she became one of the women whose voices shaped the sound and culture of National Public Radio, where she served as a commentator for “Morning Edition” until her death.

By the early 1980s, Roberts had transitioned to Capitol Hill as NPR’s congressional correspondent and a contributor to PBS’s “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.”

Soon after, Roberts joined ABC as a reporter and later became the co-anchor of the Sunday morning broadcast“This Week” with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002. She served as a political commentator and analyst for ABC for more than three decades.

Named one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by American Women in Radio and Television, Roberts also wrote bestselling books. In 2015, Roberts visited the Newseum to speak about her sixth book, “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.”

A three-time Emmy winner, Roberts was the 1997 recipient of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.

Explore Cokie Roberts’s trailblazing career in the Newspeople kiosk and hear her narrate the film “Bias” in the News History Gallery, Level 5.

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