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Why the Name 'Cokie'? Blame Her Brother

Acclaimed journalist and author Cokie Roberts is dead at 75
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2019 9:45 AM CDT
Updated Sep 17, 2019 1:37 PM CDT
Cokie Roberts speaks during the opening ceremony for the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia on April 19, 2017.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – Acclaimed journalist and author Cokie Roberts has died at age 75 of complications from breast cancer, reports ABC News. Roberts had been diagnosed back in 2002, and in August she sought to reassure worried fans after she appeared on the news program This Week. "Over the summer, I have had some health issues which required treatment that caused weight loss," she said. "I am doing fine." A look at her life:

  • Career: Roberts is perhaps best known for her work with ABC News, which she joined in 1988. But she's also well known for her work with NPR, starting in 1978. On ABC, she co-anchored This Week with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002 and won all kinds of awards for her work along the way, including three Emmys. She also wrote eight books, with the role of pioneering women a common theme, per the New York Times.
  • Those NPR days: Roberts "was one of NPR's most recognizable voices and is considered one of a handful of pioneering female journalists—along with Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer and Susan Stamberg—who helped shape the public broadcaster's sound and culture at a time when few women held prominent roles in journalism," per the NPR obit. A 1994 New York Times article declared that "a new kind of female punditry was born" with the trio of Roberts, Totenberg, and Wertheimer. The story praised the "tart-tongued Cokie with her savvy Congressional reporting."

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