September 17, 2019; Washington, D.C. - We are saddened to hear that Cokie Roberts has passed away. 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. Cokie has won almost every award in journalism; she has been the trusted voice that Americans count on when political news breaks.
Cokie was on the search committee that hired me and was a wonderful and strong supporter from day one and throughout my time at NPR. This is a huge loss for all of us. I am saddened beyond words.
The NPR and public radio family join Cokie's family, friends, and countless fans who will miss her so dearly.