Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist, dies at 75

Roberts was the daughter of Hale and Lindy Boggs

Jim Hanzo
September 17, 2019 - 10:12 am

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Cokie Roberts, longtime political reporter and analyst at ABC News and NPR has died.    

Roberts was the daughter of Hale and Lindy Boggs.  Both were members of Congress from Louisiana.

Roberts joined ABC News in 1988 and was co-anchor with Sam Donaldson of the Sunday political show "This Week" from 1996 to 2002.

Roberts died from complications from breast cancer.  

Roberts, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, kept working nearly to the end. She appeared on "This Week" in August, drawing enough concern about her evident weight loss that she released a statement saying "I am doing fine" and was looking forward to covering next year's election.

She co-wrote a political column for many years with her husband of 53 years, Steven, who survives. They had two children.

Roberts wrote books, focusing on the role of women in history. She wrote two with her husband, one about interfaith families and "From This Day Forward," an account of their marriage.

Current ABC News political reporter Jonathan Karl recalled being in awe of Roberts when he first started working at the network.

"When I think of politics, I think of Cokie Roberts," he said.

Her colleagues said she never became cynical or lost her love for politics. She did force NPR to clarify her role as a commentator when she wrote a column in 2016 calling on "the rational wing" of the Republican party to reject Donald Trump as their presidential candidate.

Cokie Roberts was 75-years-old.

 

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