On Tuesday, the veteran journalist Cokie Roberts regarded by National Public Radio as one of its “founding mothers” died at the age of 75 at her Washington home. Her family said she was suffering from complications of breast cancer. She was also a prominent commentator on ABC News.
Roberts served as a foreign correspondent for CBS in radio and also as a congressional correspondent for NPR in the 1970s. She became the chief congressional analyst for ABC.
NPR President Jarl Mohn called the Emmy Award winner in a statement as “the trusted voice that Americans count on when political news breaks.” She was born on Dec. 27 in 1943 and her original name was Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs.
She got her nickname Cokie from her brother who could not pronounce “Corinne” when they were children. Her father, Hale Boggs, was a major force in New Orleans Democratic politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 25 years. her mother, Lindy Boggs, was elected to his seat and served through the end of 1990.
She and her husband, the journalist Steven Roberts, collaborated on a syndicated column that ran in newspapers across the country. They unitedly wrote a column during the 2016 presidential campaign, calling on the “rational wing” of the Republican Party to stop then-candidate Donald Trump from becoming its nominee for president.
On Tuesday, Trump told reporters abroad Air Force One, “She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals.”
Roberts won many awards for her hard work, including three Emmys, U.S. television’s top award. The Libray of Congress, in 2008 recognised her as a ‘Living Legend”. She wrote several books. Her last book was “Capital Dames: the Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868,” that was released in 2015.
According to her, women are playing a civilizing role in society. “I don’t just see this role of women as caretakers in the world that I cover, I see it in the world I live in,” she said in her commencement speech at Wellesley College, in 1994.
“Slowly, slowly, slowly but definitely, the workplace is becoming a more humane place because of the presence of women.”