Pioneering journalist Cokie Roberts dead at age 75

Legendary journalist Cokie Roberts has died at age 75 from complications of recurrent breast cancer. The American Women in Radio and Television named her one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting, one of many awards she garnered over a long and illustrious career. In addition to her three decades at ABC News, Roberts worked for CBS News, the PBS NewsHour and local stations. She was one of the first women assigned to cover Capitol Hill, and one of the first hires for National Public Radio. She also wrote 8 books focusing on the role of women in American history. Cokie Roberts was also part of a prominent family – her father Hale Boggs was a member of Congress, and his wife Lindy won his seat after he died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1972. Roberts’ Her nickname Cokie came about because her older brother couldn’t pronounce her real name, Corinne. According to a statement from her family, Cokie Roberts put family and relationships above all else.

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