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Legendary journalist Cokie Roberts dies at 75

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts died Tuesday after complications from breast cancer; she was 75.

In this Sept. 14, 2016, file photo, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, D-Calif., greets journalist Cokie Roberts, right, in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Washington. Roberts, a longtime political reporter and analyst at ABC News and NPR has died, ABC announced Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. She was 75.
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Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts passed away Tuesday after complications with breast cancer. She was 75.

Roberts started her career in the 1960s at WNEW and KNBC-TV, according to CNN. In 1974 she joined CBS News and in 1978 she joined NPR where she covered Washington, D.C., and Congress. She also reported on the Panama Canal treaty.

According to NPR, Roberts was considered a top female journalist who changed the role of women in journalism.

“Cokie was one of NPR’s ‘founding mothers,’ since 1978 her signature voice and commentary have accompanied public radio listeners, provided context for news and been a familiar presence in their homes,” NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn said in a statement.

Roberts was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and won several awards, including three Emmy Awards, throughout her career, according to ABC News.

ABC News President James Goldston said Roberts would be dearly missed and that her kindness, intellect, generosity and take on big issues made ABC a better place.

Roberts was “a true pioneer for women in journalism,” Goldston said, “well-regarded for her insightful analysis of politics and policy in Washington, D.C., countless newsmaking interviews, and, notably, her unwavering support for generations of young women — and men — who would follow in her footsteps.”

In a statement made Tuesday, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama said Roberts was a constant in the ever-changing news industry for over 40 years.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Roberts’ death a great loss for the nation and a great personal loss for anyone who knew her.

“Cokie Roberts was a trailblazer who forever transformed the role of women in the newsroom and in our history books,” Pelosi said.

Roberts is survived by her husband, Steven Roberts, her children Lee and Rebecca and her six grandchildren.