Cokie Roberts, Journalist, Remembered [Column]

Cokie Roberts, Journalist, Remembered [Column]

The news alert pierced the calm of the morning work day. Veteran, award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts had died due to complications from breast cancer, according to ABC News where she spent three decades.

She was only 75.

The void was immediate.

She was a role model for female journalists around the globe. Cokie Roberts carried with her a wealth of political knowledge and context. It served her well in her role as political commentator.

Cokie Roberts was whip smart and witty. She could hold her own around any male-dominated news show table. She was like E.F. Hutton. When she spoke, people listened. She made her points with fact, history, and knowledge. She spoke eloquently and in measured tones. She knew how to argue without raising her voice and she stood her ground.

For those who played fast and loose with facts, all she had to do was look at them and cock her head to the side. You knew exactly what she was thinking,

She checked her ego at the door.

Her love of journalism and politics came in large part from her family, whom she spoke of often. (Thomas) Hale Boggs, the former Democratic House majority leader and representative from New Orleans was her father. He was also a member of the Warren commission that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Hale Boggs died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1972. His  wife – Roberts’ mother – Lindy Boggs was elected to fill her late husband’s congressional seat. Lindy Boggs was later appointed to be the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See by then-President Bill Clinton in 1997.

 

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