Facts about Cokie Roberts:
- Full Name – Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs
- Nickname – Cokie Roberts
- Birthday – 27th December 1943
- Age – 75 years old
- Birthplace – New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
- Nationality – United States
- Profession – Journalist, Author
- Husband – Steven V. Roberts
- Death – 17th September, 2019
Cokie Roberts Bio
Cokie Roberts was an American journalist and bestselling author. Her career included decades as a political reporter and analyst for National Public Radio and ABC News, with prominent positions on Morning Edition, The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, World News Tonight, and This Week. Along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, Cokie wrote a weekly column syndicated by United Media in newspapers around the United States. She served on the boards of several non-profit organizations such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and was appointed by President George W. Bush to his Council on Service and Civic Participation.
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Cokie Roberts Early Life
Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs was born on December 27, 1943, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received the nickname Cokie from her brother Tommy, who, as a child could not pronounce her given name, Corinne. Her parents were Lindy Boggs and Hale Boggs, each of whom served for decades as Democratic members of the House of Representatives from Louisiana. Lindy succeeded Hale after his plane disappeared over Alaska in 1972.
Cokie was the third child. Her sister Barbara Boggs Sigmund became mayor of Princetown, New Jersey and a candidate for the United States Senate. Her brother Tommy Boggs became a prominent attorney and lobbyist in Washington D.C. Cokie attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls Roman Catholic High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then graduated from the Stone Ridge School, in 1960. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1964, where she received a BA in Political Science.
Cokie Roberts Personal Life
Cokie was married to Steven V. Roberts, a professor and fellow journalist, from 1966 until her death. They met in the summer of 1962, when she was 18 and he was 19. They resided in Bethesda, Maryland. She and her husband had two children. Their daughter Rebecca Roberts is a journalist and was one of the hosts of POTUS 08 on XM Radio. In 2002, Roberts was successfully treated at the time, but died from complications of the disease in Washington D.C., on September 17, 2019.
Cokie Roberts Career
Her first job in journalism was at WRC-TV in Washington, DC, where she was the host of its weekly public affairs program Meeting of the Minds. After moving with her husband to New York City, she found work in 1967 as a reporter for Cowles Communications. She worked briefly as a producer for WNEW-TV before her husband’s journalism career relocated them to Los Angeles, where she worked for Altman Productions, then for KNBC-TV as the producer of the children’s program Serendipity, which won a 1971 Los Angeles Area Emmy Award.
She also moved with her husband to Greece, where she was a stringer for CBS News in Athens. Roberts began working for National Public Radio (NPR) in 1978, where she was the congressional correspondent for more than ten years. From 1981-1984, in addition to her work at NPR, she also co-hosted The Lawmakers, a weekly public television program on Congress. She went to work for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, continuing to serve part-time as a political commentator at NPR. From the year 1996 to 2002, Cokie was the co-anchor of the ABC News Sunday morning broadcast, This Week with Sam Donaldson& Cokie Roberts. She and her mother won the Foremother Award from the National Center for Health Research in 2013.
Some of his written books were –The Civil War and the Women of Washington, We are Our Mother’s Daughters, Founding Mothers, Ladies of Liberty, From This Day Forward.