Refresh for updates Cokie Roberts, the ABC News and NPR journalist whose death from breast cancer was announced by ABC News today, is being remembered as a top-rank reporter, a pioneer for women in media and one of broadcast news’ savviest Beltway analysts.
“My friend, my colleague, my hero Cokie Roberts has died,” tweeted Terry Moran, ABC News’ senior national correspondent. “Brilliant. Brave. Kind. Hilarious. A fierce patriot. And one of the best human beings I have ever known.”
Tweeted Katie Couric: “She was a pioneer for so many and will be sorely missed.”
Said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris: “Cokie Roberts was the news reporter of her generation, breaking glass ceilings and paving the way for women in broadcasting. There was no one like her — with her unmistakable voice, Cokie reported the truth with passion and dedication. She has left a lasting legacy not only through her reporting but also in her successful efforts at organizing NPR for our union and its members. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”
Also among the remembrances was a statement from Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children, a charity to which Roberts devoted considerable energy and time (Roberts’ final tweet concerned the organization; see it below). Miles’ statement reads, in part:
Cokie didn’t just talk the talk, she walked the walk right alongside us. During her more than 15-year tenure as a Save the Children Trustee, she visited our programming around the world in places like Vietnam, Haiti, Bangladesh, India and our domestic programs in multiple locations. Cokie dedicated herself to raising awareness of our work, appearing at countless events to speak on behalf of our mission.
Throughout her life, Cokie helped transform the futures of children too numerous to count. This loss extends far beyond the walls of our agency as Cokie leaves a tremendous gap in the worlds of journalism and literature. She will be greatly missed and the world will never see another quite like her.
Roberts retweeted the following tweet on Sept. 12:
Roberts was also a board member and three-decade supporter of The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health. Jennie Lucca, CEO of The Children’s Inn, released the following statement:
Cokie has helped lead The Inn through the decades, guided by her passion for both helping seriously ill children and advancing the clinical research at the NIH. While Cokie is known to most as a trailblazing journalist and best-selling author, she also was a great humanitarian who took on philanthropic projects as she would everything else: intrepidly and whole-heartedly.
Here’s a sampling of other responses, beginning with an ABC News video of colleagues including George Stephanopoulos and Sam Donaldson remembering their friend. Deadline will update this post periodically.