Refresh for updates Cokie Roberts, the ABC News and NPR journalist whose death from breast cancer was announced by ABC News today, is being remembered as a top-rank reporter, a pioneer for women in media and one of broadcast news’ savviest Beltway analysts.
“My friend, my colleague, my hero Cokie Roberts has died,” tweeted Terry Moran, ABC News’ senior national correspondent. “Brilliant. Brave. Kind. Hilarious. A fierce patriot. And one of the best human beings I have ever known.”
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Tweeted Katie Couric: “She was a pioneer for so many and will be sorely missed.”
Said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris: “Cokie Roberts was the news reporter of her generation, breaking glass ceilings and paving the way for women in broadcasting. There was no one like her — with her unmistakable voice, Cokie reported the truth with passion and dedication. She has left a lasting legacy not only through her reporting but also in her successful efforts at organizing NPR for our union and its members. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”
Also among the remembrances was a statement from Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children, a charity to which Roberts devoted considerable energy and time (Roberts’ final tweet concerned the organization; see it below). Miles’ statement reads, in part:
Cokie didn’t just talk the talk, she walked the walk right alongside us. During her more than 15-year tenure as a Save the Children Trustee, she visited our programming around the world in places like Vietnam, Haiti, Bangladesh, India and our domestic programs in multiple locations. Cokie dedicated herself to raising awareness of our work, appearing at countless events to speak on behalf of our mission.
Throughout her life, Cokie helped transform the futures of children too numerous to count. This loss extends far beyond the walls of our agency as Cokie leaves a tremendous gap in the worlds of journalism and literature. She will be greatly missed and the world will never see another quite like her.
Roberts retweeted the following tweet on Sept. 12:
Small acts of generosity can change the course of a child’s life and support them in reaching their full potential. Join us in our 100th year of helping children achieve their dreams: https://t.co/kgqF6PQHQM #ChangeALife pic.twitter.com/eYc1pBO1L1
— Save the Children US (@SavetheChildren) September 12, 2019
Roberts was also a board member and three-decade supporter of The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health. Jennie Lucca, CEO of The Children’s Inn, released the following statement:
Cokie has helped lead The Inn through the decades, guided by her passion for both helping seriously ill children and advancing the clinical research at the NIH. While Cokie is known to most as a trailblazing journalist and best-selling author, she also was a great humanitarian who took on philanthropic projects as she would everything else: intrepidly and whole-heartedly.
Here’s a sampling of other responses, beginning with an ABC News video of colleagues including George Stephanopoulos and Sam Donaldson remembering their friend. Deadline will update this post periodically.
Cokie Roberts was a trailblazer who transformed the role of women in the newsroom & our history books as she told the stories of the unsung women who built our nation. Her warmth, wit and wisdom will be deeply missed by all. https://t.co/24k1sqAkGQ
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 17, 2019
My friend, my colleague, my hero Cokie Roberts has died.
Brilliant. Brave. Kind. Hilarious. A fierce patriot.
And one of the best human beings I have ever known. pic.twitter.com/nZfUBaf2OE
— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) September 17, 2019
What sad, sad news. Cokie Roberts was a legend in her time and a wonderful person. I grew up loving her political analysis and insights into Washington. She will be terribly missed. https://t.co/21oIOdKMhG
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 17, 2019
So sad to hear this. Bestselling author, Emmy award winner, and veteran journalist Cokie Roberts has died at the age of 75 due to complications from breast cancer. She was a pioneer for so many and will be sorely missed.💔#RIPCokieRoberts https://t.co/4UIk4pURm6
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) September 17, 2019
Heartbroken about Cokie Roberts’ passing. She was such an inspiration to me. A great journalist, wife, mom public advocate. She did it all with grace. She worked to give other women a seat at a table. I’m going to pull up a chair today and think of her. https://t.co/V02aCP4ibE
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) September 17, 2019
REMEMBERING COKIE ROBERTS: Acclaimed journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts passed away at 75 this morning — @WhoopiGoldberg, @HuntsmanAbby, @JoyVBehar, @sunny, and @MeghanMcCain remember her legendary career. https://t.co/7hRfn0vObX pic.twitter.com/FteiRdUR4R
— The View (@TheView) September 17, 2019
BREAKING: Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, one of NPR's longest-running and most recognizable voices, has died. She was 75.
Roberts helped shape the public broadcaster's sound and culture at a time when few women held prominent roles in journalism.https://t.co/9orQzEF3xG
— NPR (@NPR) September 17, 2019
RIP Cokie Roberts. terrible seeing this news https://t.co/0H7fSwhlEF
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) September 17, 2019
Cokie Roberts spoke to my ‘01 Capitol Hill summer intern class and encouraged all of us — Republicans and Democrats — to always seek consensus where we could. I’ll never forget how moving she was. We’ve lost a journalism icon. Rest In Peace, Cokie. https://t.co/FMhVHALDUc
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) September 17, 2019
Mourning the passing of legendary @ABC correspondent Cokie Roberts, who passed away at the age of 75. She was a true pioneer of the business, and a revered colleague.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) September 17, 2019
Our condolences to the family of my @ABC colleague Cokie Roberts. She was a staple of Sunday morning TV news for so long and a great example of loving our democracy and politics but also being an able critic of both. Mary Pat and I will both miss her good humor and kindness.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) September 17, 2019
#CokieRoberts was family. A woman of faith who prayed for others and watched over so many. May she rest in heavenly peace. I’m sure she has a small bottle of Tabasco and her @Saints gear waving the banner up over yonder. God bless her soul – my friend and mentor. Rest who dat!
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) September 17, 2019
Cokie Roberts was kind. She disagreed agreeably. Cokie listened, offered advice, showed patience and poise, worked hard, put faith & family first. God bless. RIP. https://t.co/De5scz18ta
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 17, 2019
Saddened to hear about the death of legendary @ABC @ABCPolitics journalist #CokieRoberts. She was always a pleasure to meet and was nice and gracious every time we chatted. Prayers go out to her family.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) September 17, 2019
— DeborahNorville (@DeborahNorville) September 17, 2019
We are heartbroken. A legend has passed. When I was in high school I wanted to grow up to be Cokie Roberts. I worked w/her at ABC & NPR. She could intuit whenever I needed a kind word, a nudge that I was doing good work and it made a difference. We will miss her so very much.
— Rachel Martin (@rachelnpr) September 17, 2019
RIP Cokie Roberts, mentor, friend and one of my favorite people in the world.
Cokie attended 22 national political conventions — that may be a record — I had the privilege of interviewing her on the floor of her last convention. pic.twitter.com/C2ulOSya7f
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) September 17, 2019
My father hired Cokie Roberts to cover Congress in 1978 for @NPR. A year later, he hired Barbara Cohen as the news director. For the rest of his life, he considered those the 2 best decisions he ever made. Dad admired Cokie until the day he died. Journalism has taken a hit today.
— Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) September 17, 2019
The passing of Cokie Roberts just made me gasp. What a woman. I admired her so much. The sun just quit shining so bright. Bless her family with strength. @CokieRoberts
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) September 17, 2019
The work of political journalists is critical to our democracy.
Cokie Roberts was a paragon of that work and a pioneer in her industry. Her voice will be missed.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) September 17, 2019
One of the truly great journalists has passed on. Born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs. You knew her as Cokie Roberts of ABC and NPR. So smart, with a great feel for people and what mattered about politics. She will be missed. God Bless.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) September 17, 2019
Whenever @CokieRoberts spoke, I LISTENED! Such a deep well of knowledge and history and analysis and humanity. A loss for the entire world.
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) September 17, 2019
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 17, 2019