Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist & Louisiana native, dies at 75

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FILE- In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Cokie Roberts speaks during the opening ceremony for Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Roberts, a longtime political reporter and analyst at ABC News and NPR has died, ABC announced Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. She was 75. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NEW YORK (AP) — Cokie Roberts, longtime political reporter and analyst at ABC News and NPR, has died at age 75.

ABC announced her death on Tuesday. Roberts was the daughter of Hale and Lindy Boggs, two members of Congress from Louisiana, and went on to chronicle the political world she grew up in.

She joined ABC News in 1988 and was co-anchor with Sam Donaldson of the Sunday political show “This Week” from 1996 to 2002.

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the passing of Cokie Roberts.

“Our hearts are heavy today in Louisiana as we mourn the loss of Cokie Roberts, a trailblazer, a native of our great state and the daughter of Hale and Lindy Boggs. Cokie had a passion for history and was a legendary journalist who inspired generations of women to pursue careers in political journalism at a time when the profession was dominated by men,” Gov. Edwards said. “Just a few months ago, Donna and I had the honor of listening to Cokie speak and it’s something we will treasure forever. We will miss Cokie’s kindness, compassion and contributions to our state and our country. Please join us in praying for her family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana

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