Cokie Roberts has died at age 75: 'A true pioneer for women in journalism'

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts has died at age 75. (Photo: Heidi Gutman/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts died Sept. 17 due to complications from breast cancer, ABC News President James Goldston confirmed in a statement. Roberts was 75 and had previously survived a bout with breast cancer after originally being diagnosed in 2002.

Goldston hailed Roberts as a “true pioneer for women in journalism,” noting her “storied career” which included work for CBS, NPR and ABC News. Among her career highlights is her work as co-anchor of This Week with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002, continuing on as a regular panelist under the Sunday morning news program’s current iteration hosted by George Stephanopoulos.

Roberts was best known for her work as an analyst and anchor at NPR and ABC. (Photo: ABC Photo Archives)

Born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs to Lindy and Hale Boggs — both of whom served in Congress — Roberts was also an accomplished author, publishing six books as well as teaming up with husband and fellow journalist Steve Roberts to write a weekly syndicated newspaper column. The couple were parents to two children, Lee and Rebecca, and had six grandchildren.

“She will be dearly missed,” Goldston wrote. “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. Please take a moment today to remember an exceptional reporter and remarkable friend.”

The statement included a message from Roberts’s family, who called her “first and foremost a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin and friend.”

“Cokie’s career as a journalist at National Public Radio and ABC News took her to the heights of her profession, and her success as an author on history and family put her on the bestseller list,” her loved ones wrote. “But her values put family and relationships above all else.”

They continued, “We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness.”

The journalism community is now sharing tributes to Roberts. Speaking on Good Morning America, Stephanopoulos called her a “fixture” and “pioneer.” Donaldson also discussed her New Orleans roots in a video memorial for ABC News.

Political leaders are also honoring Roberts, with former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush issuing statements alongside Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

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