Cokie Roberts, Journalist Savvy About Politics, Dies at 75

Variety | 9/17/2019 | Carmel Dagan
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Journalist Cokie Roberts, who was a contributing senior news analyst for NPR, a regular round-table analyst for “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” and a political commentator for ABC News, among many other contributions during a four-decade career, has died. She was 75.

Roberts died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer, her family confirmed.

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“Cokie’s career as a journalist at National Public Radio and ABC News took her to the heights of her profession, and her success as an author on history and family put her on the best seller list. But her values put family and relationships above all else,” her family said in a statement. “We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness.”

“Our dear friend and colleague Cokie Roberts passed away this morning in Washington, surrounded by her family and closest friends,” ABC News President James Goldston said in a statement Tuesday morning. “A true pioneer for women in journalism, Cokie was well-regarded for her insightful analysis of politics and policy in Washington, DC., countless newsmaking interviews, and, notably, her unwavering support for the generations of young women – and men – who would follow her in her footsteps.”

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Roberts started at ABC in 1988 as a panelist on “This Week With David Brinkley.” With Sam Donaldson she anchored the network’s weekly interview series “This Week” from 1996-2002. She was also chief congressional analyst for ABC News, reporting on politics and public policy for “World News Tonight” and other ABC News programs, while also frequently subbing for Ted Koppel on “Nightline.”

At NPR Roberts contributed to “Morning Edition” and previously served as the congressional correspondent for more than 10 years, starting when she joined the public radio network in 1978. She started in radio at CBS News Radio in 1976, reporting from Athens, Greece.

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