Pioneer broadcast journalist Cokie Roberts dead at 75

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Cokie Roberts, a pioneering female journalist with National Public Radio and ABC News, died on Tuesday at 75 at her home in Washington from complications due to breast cancer, her family said in a statement.

Roberts worked in radio as a foreign correspondent for CBS and a congressional correspondent for NPR in the 1970s. She went onto become a prominent political commentator on ABC News, serving as the network’s chief congressional analyst.

NPR President Jarl Mohn called Roberts one of NPR’s “founding mothers” in a statement, describing her as “the trusted voice that Americans count on when political news breaks.”

She won numerous awards for her work, including three Emmys. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Steven Roberts, two children and six grandchildren, her family said in a statement.

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