Breaking: Longtime Broadcast Journalist Cokie Roberts Dies At 75

Journalist Cokie Roberts died at age 75

  • Longtime journalist Cokie Roberts passed away at age 75.
  • She died from complications of breast cancer. 
  • She received several Emmys during her career, among other awards for journalism. 


Emmy winning journalist Cokie Roberts passed away at the age of 75. Cokie worked in television, publishing, and public radio for over 40 years and was a legend in broadcasting. She worked on ABC as a contributor and later became the chief congressional analyst. She died due to complications from breast cancer.

Cokie was born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts née Boggs on December 27, 1943. Her younger brother nicknamed her Cokie after he couldn’t pronounce Corinne. She was the daughter of a Congressman and Congresswoman, likely sparking her interest in politics and journalism.


Cokie was a legend on the television screen

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Cokie Roberts / Wikimedia Commons

She graduated from Wellesley College in 1964 with a BA in Political Science. Cokie then started her career at WNEW and KNBC-TV, later moving on to NPR, CBS News, and finally ABC. She worked on This Week, first with David Brinkley, then with Sam Donaldson.

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Cokie Roberts speaking / Wikimedia Commons

She may have been the only reporter to reportedly have filed for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, World News Tonight and Nightline all in a single day. She also published six books, mainly about women in American history. Cokie also received over 30 honorary degrees and every major award in journalism.


She was named one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by the American Women in Radio and Television. She was also declared a “Living Legend” in 2008 by the Library of Congress.

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Journalist Cokie Roberts / Flickr

“We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness,” Roberts’ family said in a statement.

She will be dearly missed. Cokie’s kindness, generosity, sharp intellect and thoughtful take on the big issues of the day made ABC a better place and all of us better journalists,” ABC News president James Goldston said in a statement.

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Cokie Roberts / Flickr

Cokie is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Steve V. Roberts and her children, Lee Roberts and Rebecca Roberts, and her six grandchildren.

RIP Cokie! Take a look back at her life:

Sadly, Ric Ocasek of The Cars also passed away recently at age 75.

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