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Profile of the Day: Cokie Roberts

Today we remember legendary journalist Cokie Roberts, who has passed away at the age of 75.

Profile of the Day: Cokie Roberts

Image: LBJ Library photo by Jay Godwin, Public Domain

She was born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs on December 27, 1943 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received the nickname “Cokie” from her brother, who could not pronounce her given name, “Corinne,” as a child. Roberts was born into a political family. Her father, Hale Boggs, served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and was a member of the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1972, his plane disappeared while flying over Alaska. Neither the wreckage of the plane or the remains of the pilot and passengers were ever found. Her mother, Lindy Boggs, would serve in her husband’s seat after his death and remain in office until 1991.

Roberts first began her career in radio as a foreign correspondent for CBS and later became one of the first female reporters at NPR. A pioneer for women in journalism, Roberts career spanned over 40 years. In 2008, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend.” In addition to her career as an award-winning journalist, Roberts was also a bestselling author.

Explore Cokie Robert’s family tree on Geni and share how you’re connected to the legendary journalist.
 

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