ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts dies at 75


Roberts passed away on Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer, according to her family.

Our thoughts are with Cokie Roberts' loved ones during this time. She moved to National Public Radio in 1978 as a Capitol Hill reporter, remaining a part-time political commentator for the network until her death.

Over the course of her career, she wrote six books and was awarded 30 honorary degrees over her 40 years working in TV, radio and publishing.

Per ABC, she leaves behind longtime husband and fellow journalist Steve Roberts, two children and six grandchildren. "She understood people and politics".

"Michelle and I are sad to hear about the passing of Cokie Roberts". She was also a correspondent for MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and a contributing senior news analyst for PBS. "She is survived by friendships and by causes that she put her time, resources and energy into that are too numerous to count".

Roberts devoted most of her attention to covering Congress, where her father Hale Boggs was a House majority leader who died in 1972 when his plane went missing over Alaska.

Roberts wrote several books, focusing on the role of women in history.

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Roberts left NPR in 1988 to become a political correspondent for ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.

Sajet remembers first meeting Roberts many years ago during her tenure as the president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

The three-time Emmy Award victor and former co-anchor of ABC's "This Week" began her career as a reporter for National Public Radio in 1978.

She was named one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by the American Women in Radio and Television.

Even if you were a young congressional press secretary, as I was back in the day, she would treat you with grace and respect, despite the fact she was part of Washington's political and journalistic royalty.

Roberts lamented in her television academy interview how the 24-hour news cycle meant journalists are under constant pressure to file stories and had less time to report. "Please join us in praying for her family, friends, and colleagues during this hard time". "She will be missed - and we send our condolences to her family". She persuaded me to have a child, by proving that you could be an attentive mother, as she was, AND have a big career.

We would like to thank the staff at the National Institutes of Health for their dedication, expertise, work and incredible care for Cokie during her illness.