Roberts was "a true pioneer for women in journalism," who "shone a powerful light on the unsung women who built our nation" through her books.
Notable ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts has sadly passed away Tuesday morning after succumbing to complications related to breast cancer, reports Huffington Post. The renowned political commentator received several accolades throughout her lengthy career, including three Emmys. Apart from being included to the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, she was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress in 2008, and also cited as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by the American Women in Radio and Television. "We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness," said her family in a statement to ABC confirming Roberts' death.
Born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, Roberts was raised by politicians and later she went on to leave her mark in the field of journalism according to ABC News. Even the president of ABC News, James Goldston had nothing but kind words for Robert. "Cokie Roberts will be dearly missed," he said, adding, "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." Labeling her a pioneer for women in journalism, Goldston said she was "well-regarded for her insightful analysis of politics and policy in Washington, D.C., countless newsmaking interviews, and, notably, her unwavering support for generations of young women — and men — who would follow in her footsteps."
After completing her graduation from Wellesley College in 1964 with a degree in political science, her career took off after she secured the position of a foreign correspondent (in radio) for CBS in the 1970s. And while co-anchoring ABC's "This Week" alongside Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002, she became the chief congressional analyst and a political commentator for the program. "Cokie Roberts was a trailblazer who forever transformed the role of women in the newsroom and in our history books," said House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
"Over five decades of celebrated journalism, Cokie shone a powerful light on the unsung women who built our nation, but whose stories had long gone untold," added Pelosi appreciatively. Roberts also wrote eight books highlighting the significance that women had on American history, and some of them even became New York Times bestsellers. However, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 which was successfully treated. Speaking about her health she said in a statement, "Over the summer, I have had some health issues which required treatment that caused weight loss. I am doing fine."
During a Facebook Q&A in 2013, she expressed how her family was "by far the best part" of her life when asked about the best part of her career. "I’ve been blessed in my life with been a long and happy marriage that produced two wonderful children who have in turn each produced three spectacular grandchildren and that is by far the best part. In terms of career, I’ve been lucky to have many interesting jobs and loved most of them. The ability to develop expertise and then be able to use that knowledge in broadcasting is gratifying. And I find writing books particularly satisfying," she said.
"She will be missed, and we send our condolences to her family," said former President Barack Obama who regarded Roberts as a role model for women for thriving during a time when the world of journalism was still dominated by men reports CBS News. "We respected her drive and appreciated her humor," said Former President George W. Bush, adding, "She became a friend." Even President Donald Trump gave her family his best saying, "I never met her...She never treated me nicely, but I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional, and I respect professionals. I respect you guys a lot, you people a lot. She was a real professional. Never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional." Cokie is survived by her husband, a fellow journalist, Steven Roberts, her children Lee and Rebecca, and six grandkids.