"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". She was also a correspondent for PBS' MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and worked as the public broadcaster's senior news analyst.
Roberts started her career as a foreign reporter for CBS in the 1970s before joining NPR in 1978 as a political reporter on Capitol Hill, eventually becoming the emerging outlet's congressional correspondent. She was ABC's chief congressional analyst, anchored This Week with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002 and was known as one of the smartest political commentators on television and radio for decades.
She also published six books, many of them best-sellers.
In interviews, Roberts often said she might have run for public office herself but thought she would spare her journalist husband the difficulty of what could be an awkward dynamic. "I have always cared more about family than my career".
"I do feel strongly that informing the voters about what's going on, trying to explain it in ways that people can understand, and putting the issues out there is a form of participation", Roberts told KET.
'But her values put family and relationships above all else.
Roberts was an Emmy-winning journalist who was one of National Public Radio's stars, with her incisive commentary and ability to translate hard issues making her a favorite among listeners.
Cokie's survived by her husband of 53 years, Steven Roberts, and her 2 kids, Lee and Rebecca.
A bestselling author and Emmy Award victor, Roberts was one of NPR's most recognizable voices and is considered one of a handful of pioneering female journalists - along with Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer and Susan Stamberg - who helped shape the public broadcaster's sound and culture at a time when few women held prominent roles in journalism.
Her beloved husband Steve was at her side through all of it.
We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness. "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".