Journalists, political heavyweights pay respects to Cokie Roberts: 'A pioneer for so many'

Journalists, pundits and political heavyweights from across the spectrum paid their respects to veteran journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts, who died on Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer at the age of 75.

"Cokie Roberts will be dearly missed," said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in one of numerous posts in response to her death. "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 a highly decorated journalist, winning three Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, and being inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. She was also named one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by the American Women in Radio and Television, and was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress 11 years ago.


Roberts co-anchored ABC News’s "This Week" with Sam DonaldsonSamuel (Sam) Andrew DonaldsonMSNBC's Nicolle Wallace says she'll 'gladly' vote for Sanders Former colleague Brit Hume on Sam Donaldson's Bloomberg endorsement: 'Never thought I'd see this' Sam Donaldson pens op-ed endorsing Bloomberg for president MORE from 1996 to 2002. She also served as a political commentator and chief congressional analyst for the network's "This Week" program during a tenure at ABC that dated back to 1988.

Roberts, who lived in Bethesda, Md., was also a contributor to PBS’s "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" and served as NPR’s congressional correspondent for more than a decade.

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