Journalist and best selling author, Cokie Roberts had died due to complications from breast cancer. She was 75.
“We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness,” her family said in a statement.
Born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts in 1943, Cokie got her name from her younger brother who could not pronounce Corrine. She began her journalistic career as a reporter CBS News, later moving on to NPR as a senior news analyst and commentator. She later became a political commentator for ABC News.
Cokie did a stint as co-anchor of the ABC News’ Sunday morning broadcast, This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts from 1996 to 2002. She became a staple at ABC New reporting on politics and prior to that, contributed to the PBS show The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.
A legend in her field, the 75-year old was inducted into theBroadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
“Cokie Roberts will be dearly missed,” James Goldston, president of ABC News said in a statement. “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] was “well-regarded for her insightful analysis of politics and policy in Washington, D.C., countless newsmaking interviews, and, notably, her unwavering support for generations of young women — and men — who would follow in her footsteps.”
Cokie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. She is survived by her husband, fellow journalist Steven Roberts, her children, Lee and Rebecca and her six grandchildren.