ABC and NPR journalist Cokie Roberts dead at 75


ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Longtime political journalist Cokie Roberts has died, according to reports Tuesday.

She was 75.

The veteran reporter succumbed to breast cancer, her family said.

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

“Cokie Roberts will be dearly missed,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News. “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.”

Roberts was an Emmy-winning journalist who was one of National Public Radio’s stars, with her incisive commentary and ability to translate difficult issues making her a favorite among listeners.

She was the daughter of Hale Boggs, a US representative and House majority leader from Louisiana who died in an Alaska plane crash in 1972, and the late Lindy Boggs, who was elected to Congress after his death.