Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist, Louisiana native, dies at 75


WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 21: Cokie Roberts at National Archives Foundation Gala on October 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for National Archives Foundation)

NEW YORK (AP) — Cokie Roberts, longtime political reporter and analyst at ABC News and NPR, has died at age 75.

ABC announced her death on Tuesday.

Roberts was the daughter of Hale and Lindy Boggs, two members of Congress from Louisiana, and went on the chronicle the political world she grew up in.

She joined ABC News in 1988 and was co-anchor with Sam Donaldson of the Sunday political show “This Week” from 1996 to 2002.

Governor John Bel Edwards released this statement:

“Our hearts are heavy today in Louisiana as we mourn the loss of Cokie Roberts, a trailblazer, a native of our great state and the daughter of Hale and Lindy Boggs. Cokie had a passion for history and was a legendary journalist who inspired generations of women to pursue careers in political journalism at a time when the profession was dominated by men,” Gov. Edwards said. “Just a few months ago, Donna and I had the honor of listening to Cokie speak and it’s something we will treasure forever. We will miss Cokie’s kindness, compassion and contributions to our state and our country. Please join us in praying for her family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.” 

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