Cokie Roberts, famed journalist and political commentator, dies at 75

Roberts spent decades at , wrote and never became cynical, colleagues say: When I think of , I think of Cokie Roberts


Cokie Roberts, the of who grew up to cover in for ABC News and NPR over several decades, died on Tuesday in Washington of complications from breast . She was 75.

ABC broke into network to announce her and pay .

Roberts was the daughter of Hale Boggs, a former majority from , and Lindy Boggs, who succeeded her husband in . Roberts worked in and at and PBS before joining ABC News in 1988.

She was a congressional and who co-anchored the Sunday political show with Donaldson from 1996 to 2002.

Roberts, who was diagnosed with in 2002, kept working nearly to the end. She appeared on This Week in August, drawing enough concern about her evident that she released a statement saying doing fine and was looking to covering years .

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

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

Current ABC News political reporter Jonathan Karl recalled being in awe of Roberts when he 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 for politics. She did force to clarify her role as a when she wrote a column in 2016 calling on the rational wing of the party to reject Donald as their .

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