CPB Statement of Condolence on the Death of Cokie Roberts

September 17, 2019

WASHINGTON - September 17, 2019 – Pat Harrison, president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made the following statement today on the passing of Cokie Roberts.  

"The Corporation for Public Broadcasting mourns the passing of Cokie Roberts, a broadcasting legend and respected figure in American journalism. 

“Cokie was a formative voice in the early years of NPR, when few women held high-profile positions in national journalism. For a decade, as NPR’s Congressional correspondent, she offered fair, insightful coverage of the inner workings of Congress.

“Even after moving to ABC News, Cokie remained part of the public media family by contributing to NPR as a political commentator for decades. CPB awarded her the 1990 Edward R. Murrow Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to public radio.

“We will long remember with gratitude Cokie’s pioneering work and commitment to civility. We share the sorrow of her family, public media and ABC at her passing.”

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