Roberts, Cokie 1943–

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ROBERTS, Cokie 1943


Full name, Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs Roberts; born December 27, 1943, in New Orleans, LA; daughter of Hale (a member of the United States Congress) and Corinne "Lindy" (a member of the United States Congress and ambassador; maiden name, Claiborne) Boggs; married Steven Victor Roberts (a journalist and professor), 1966; children: Lee Harriss (an investment analyst), Rebecca Boggs (a radio producer). Education: Wellesley College, B.A. (political science), 1964. Religion: Roman Catholic.

Addresses: Office ABC News, 1717 DeSales St. Northwest, Washington, DC 20036.

Career: News anchor and reporter. WNEWTV, New York City, producer, 1968; KNBCTV, Los Angeles, producer, 197274; CBS News (radio), Athens, Greece, reporter, 197477; National Public Radio, news analyst and Congressional correspondent, c. 1977; ABC News, special Washington correspondent, 198892, chief Congressional analyst, beginning in 1998; appointed to the President's Commission on Service and Civic Participation, c. 2003; USA Magazine, contributing editor (with others); public speaker at various venues. Affiliated with the Dirksen Center on Congressional Leadership, Pekin, IL, 198895; the Foreign Students Service Center, Washington, DC, 1990; the Congressional Fellows Program, Washington, DC; Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY, 199199; the Children's Inn at the National Institutes for Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, 1992; and the International Women's Forum Leadership Foundation.

Member: Radio and Television Correspondents Association (president, 198182, board of directors, 198094), United States Capitol Historical Society.

Awards, Honors: Award from the National Organization of Working Women, 1984; Distinguished Alumnae Award, Wellesley College, 1985; Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress, Everett McKinley Dirksen Congressional Leadership Research Center, 1986; Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting, Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, 1987, for The MacNeil Lehrer Newshour; award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1988; Edward R. Murrow Award, 1990, for work in public radio; award from the National Women's Political Caucus, 1990; David Brinkley Communication Award, 1991; Emmy Award, news and documentary, 1992, for Who Is Ross Perot?; Mother of the Year, National Mother's Day Committee, 1992; Mother of the Year, American Cancer Society, 2000; Distinguished Service Award, National Association of Broadcasters, 2003; inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame; several honorary degrees.


Television Appearances; Series:

Anchor, Meeting of the Minds, WRCTV, 19641966.

Correspondent, Insider's Newsletter, WRCTV, 1967.

Host, The Lawmakers, PBS, 19811984.

Panelist, This Week with David Brinkley (also known as This Week ), ABC, 19871996.

Substitute anchor, ABC News Nightline (also known as Nightline ), ABC, 1992.

Anchor (with Sam Donaldson), This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts (also known as This Week ), ABC, 19962002.

Correspondent, ABC News Saturday Night, ABC, beginning 1998.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Congress, PBS, 1989.

To the Brink of War, PBS, 1991.

Floor correspondent, '92 Vote: The Democratic Convention, ABC, 1992.

Seize the Power: A Lifetime Challenge to the Women of America, Lifetime, 1992.

Who Is Ross Perot?, ABC, 1992.

Panelist, Meet the Media: Fair or Biased toward Ging-rich and the GOP?, CNBC, 1995.

Correspondent, The '96 Vote: The Democratic National Convention, ABC, 1996.

Correspondent, The '96 Vote: The Republican National Convention, ABC, 1996.

Host, Jobs: The Class of 2000, PBS, 1996.

Reporter on the House of Representative races, The '96 Vote: Election Night, ABC, 1996.

Why America Hates the Press, PBS, 1996.

A Day with, Lifetime, 1997.

Anchor, This Year in Politics, ABC, 1998.

Crisis in the White House: The President Testifies, ABC, 1998.

Anchor, I'm Not a Racist but Small Steps Toward Healing the Hate, Lifetime, 1999.

Correspondent in Rome, ABC 2000, ABC, 1999.

Correspondent, ABC 2000: The Vote, ABC, 2000.

The Great American History Quiz: America at War, History Channel, 2001.

The Great American History Quiz: 50 States, History Channel, 2001.

The Great American History Quiz: For Kids, History Channel, 2001.

Narrator, Marriage: Just a Piece of Paper?, PBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The Alfred I. Du Pont/Columbia University Awards in Television and Radio Journalism, PBS, 1998.

Presenter, The Alfred I. Du Pont/Columbia University Awards in Television and Radio Journalism, PBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1992.

The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2002.

Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Dole, Lifetime, 1996.

"David Brinkley: A Reporter's Life," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1996.

Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Lesley Stahl, Lifetime, 1999.

"Bill Bradley: In the Game," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Cokie Roberts, Lifetime, 2000.

"Barbara Bush: First Mom," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001.

Herself, The Tim Russert Show, CNBC, 2004.

Appeared as an occasional contributor, The MacNeil Lehrer Newshour (later known as The Newshour with Jim Lehrer ), PBS; as a political correspondent, ABC World News Tonight (also known as World News Tonight ), and This Week with David Brinkley (also known as This Week ), both ABC. Appeared in episodes of other series, including Good Morning America (also known as GMA ), ABC; Larry King Live, CNN; and The View, ABC.

Television Work; Series:

Assistant producer, Meeting of the Minds, WRCTV, 19641966.

Editor, Insider's Newsletter, WRCTV, 1967.

Radio Appearances:

Appeared in broadcasts on National Public Radio.


Taped Readings:

We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, Brilliance, 1998.



We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, William Morrow, 1998.

(With Steven V. Roberts) From This Day Forward, William Morrow, 2000.

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation, Perennial, 2004.

With Steven V. Roberts, author of a syndicated column for United Media. Contributing editor to USA Magazine; contributor to other periodicals, including Atlantic Monthly, Commonweal, Life, New Leader, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Post.



Newsmakers 1993, Issue 4, Gale, 1993.


American Journalism Review, March, 2003, p. 6.

Broadcasting & Cable, April 5, 1993, p. 59; November 13, 2000, p. S24; November 20, 2000, p. 82; August 12, 2002, p. 18; April 14, 2003, p. 12.

Mediaweek, January 12, 1998, p. 3.

Modern Maturity, November/December, 1994, p. 20.

Newsweek, January 19, 1998, p. 71.

People Weekly, April 27, 1998, p. 142.

Variety, March 11, 2002, p. 5.

Women's World Daily, July 3, 1997, p. 12.


ABC News,, April 15, 2004.

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