Journalist Cokie Roberts dead at 75

National News

(ABC News) — Cokie Roberts, long time ABC news political contributor has passed away at the age of 75.                             

Cokie was a fixture of Washington, known for her sharp reporting and analysis, her quick wit, grace and kindness and notably her support of women in journalism.

A role model and mentor, Cokie encouraged women to push for a seat at the political roundtable.

The daughter of longtime U.S. representatives Hale Boggs and Lindy Boggs, Cokie grew up with a front row seat to American political history.  

Her full name was Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts.

She considered joining the family business – but found her calling as a journalist.

She spent 10 years at National Public Radio before finding her long time home at ABC News, first as a contributor on This Week and later as co-anchor with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2000.

She was a key part of ABC News’ political coverage for decades, interviewing presidents, politicians and first ladies.

Cokie wrote several New York times bestsellers detailing untold and remarkable contributions of women in American history. She received countless awards and more than thirty honorary degrees.

But the most important things to Cokie were her Catholic faith, her beloved New Orleans, and her family.

Married to her husband Steve, also a journalist, for 53 years, Cokie was the mother of two and grandmother of six.                                                                

In 2002, Cokie battled breast cancer and spoke candidly about being on television while wearing a wig.

It was that honesty, that humanity that made her stand out amid the noise of politics.

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