But she got her start at a newsletter, worked in local news and filed stories for CBS News from Greece when her husband was stationed there as a correspondent. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.
"She was a pioneer for so many and will be sorely missed".
Roberts - a pioneering female journalist, victor of three Emmys and bestselling author - began her career in TV and radio, joining ABC News in 1988 as a political correspondent for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.
"We are hopeful that Cokie now goes to join her parents, former Members of Congress Hale and Lindy Boggs, her siblings Barbara, Tom and William, who predecease her, and her God", her family added. Cokie and Steve were married in the garden of her parents' Bethesda home, where Cokie grew up and they would later raise their family.
My very first memory of her is needlepointing in the newsroom as we discussed that day's show. While in that role, she was also a contributor to PBS's The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.
Born in New Orleans on 27 December 1943 as Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, Roberts was called Cokie by her brother, Thomas, who had difficulty pronouncing Corinne.
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His comments on Tuesday - and, notably, his complaint that Roberts "never treated me nicely" - stood in stark contrast to the praise Roberts' memory received elsewhere as a trailblazer in journalism. She was a professional and I respect professionals...
She co-wrote a political column for many years with her husband of 53 years, Steven.
"I have always cared more about family than my career". "That was one of the things Cokie was admiring of, I believe, that Dolley brought people of different opinion together in a respectful and open way to talk".
"It is such a privilege", Roberts said in a 2017 interview with Kentucky Educational Television, of her famed career.
She paved a way for me on other hard terrain: My colleague became an absolute lifeline when I was diagnosed with breast cancer some years after Cokie went through her own treatment.
She also wrote several books about women in America's founding era, including Founding Mothers, Ladies of Liberty, and Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.
Roberts began her career at ABC in 1988, when she was a panelist on "This Week with David Brinkley".