Trailblazing Journalist Cokie Roberts Dies At 75
Roberts was one of a handful of female journalists who helped shape NPR's sound and culture at a time when few women held prominent roles in journalism. As the daughter of former U.S. representatives, Roberts grew up walking the halls of Congress and absorbing the personalities and behind-the-scenes machinations of the nation's capital. She became a seasoned Washington insider who “...liked people on both sides of the aisle and had friends on both sides of the aisle," said political journalist George Will, who worked with Roberts at ABC News.
Roberts won numerous awards during her long career in journalism, including three Emmys and the Edward R. Murrow award. In a statement Tuesday, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama called Roberts "a constant over forty years of a shifting media landscape and changing world, informing voters about the issues of our time and mentoring young journalists every step of the way."
Nina Totenberg Remembers Cokie Roberts
Trailblazer, Role Model, Colleague And Friend
Elizabeth Jensen, NPR’s Public Editor, writes about the tributes to Roberts that poured forth after hearing of her passing. Many were from women who feel they owe their careers in some way to Roberts, and others, who did the work and succeeded, and brought along other women in their wake.
— By Jill Hudson, NPR Newsletters Editor