BREAKING: ABC News Journalist Cokie Roberts Dies At 75

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 10:55 AM
BREAKING: ABC News Journalist Cokie Roberts Dies At 75

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The family of Cokie Roberts, veteran journalist and political commentator, announced that Roberts passed away on Wednesday after complications with breast cancer. 

"Born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs on December 27, 1943, Cokie was – first and foremost – a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin and friend," Roberts' family said in a statement. "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 best seller list. But her values put family and relationships above all else." 

"She is survived by her husband of 53 years, journalist, author and professor Steven V. Roberts, her children Lee Roberts and Rebecca Roberts, her grandchildren Regan, Hale and Cecilia Roberts and Claiborne, Jack and Roland Hartman, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins," the family added. 

Roberts had been with ABC for nearly three decades. During her time she won numerous awards, including three Emmys.

"Cokie Roberts will be dearly missed," James Goldston, president of ABC News said in a statement. "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."

After a recent appearance on ABC's "This Week," Roberts revealed she was having health problems. 

"Over the summer, I have had some health issues which required treatment that caused weight loss. I am doing fine," she said in a statement. "I very much appreciate the kind comments I have received and expect to be, as I have been, working away in the days and months to come, covering what promises to be a fascinating election. I am grateful to everyone who has been in touch and sent their well wishes. Thanks for caring."

"We are hopeful that Cokie now goes to join her parents, former Members of Congress Hale and Lindy Boggs, her siblings Barbara, Tom and William, who predecease her, and her God," her family added. 

Roberts was 75.