Watch Cokie Roberts confront Trump on racism in video clip

Wednesday, 18 Sep, 2019

NPR President Jarl Mohn called Roberts one of NPR's "founding mothers" in a statement, describing her as "the trusted voice that Americans count on when political news breaks".

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

She was a congressional reporter and analyst who co-anchored the Sunday political show "This Week" with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002. Her mother, Lindy Claiborne Boggs, took her husband's seat and served for 17 years.

Her husband, Steven Roberts, is also a journalist and the couple have two children and six grandchildren. The fourth first lady, says Sajet, embodied a model of dealing with Washington society that Roberts, in a way, cast her own career after. Again, it wasn't in the game plan - politics felt like treading familiar ground in a way that didn't interest her - but her background enabled her to understand how Congress worked in a way few outsiders could.

But for me, losing Cokie Roberts is like losing the best sister you could ever have. She also was a regular commentator for ABC News and contributed to National Public Radio.

"I have always cared more about family than my career", she said. Her last book, published in 2015, was "Capital Dames: the Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868". Former US President Barack Obama led the tributes to the three-time Emmy victor who led ABC's politics coverage for over 30 years. Earlier this year, she interrupted an NPR colleague on the air when he said that the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote.

Born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs in New Orleans in 1943, she received the nickname "Cokie" from her older brother who couldn't pronounce Corinne when they were children. "Cokie has won nearly every award in journalism; she has been the trusted voice that Americans count on when political news breaks".

"We are deeply saddened that Cokie Roberts is no longer with us", President George Bush released in a statement.

Roberts said she would often offer this advice to younger women navigating political journalism in Washington: "Duck and file", Roberts said in an interview with the Television Academy Foundation. She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2008.

In her universe of friends I was but a speck, but every time we spoke she made you feel welcomed and witnessed, no matter your station in the political pecking order at the time.

"I liked and respected Cokie Roberts very much", former President Bill Clinton tweeted Tuesday afternoon.