Cokie Roberts passes at 75



Famed journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts has died from complications related to breast cancer. She was 75.

Roberts was the daughter of Congressman Hale Boggs of New Orleans, Louisiana, who along with Congressman Nick Begich of Alaska disappeared when their plane went missing in Alaska on Oct. 16, 1972. The plane was never found.

The two had been traveling from Anchorage to Juneau on congressional business.

She was for many years a voice on NPR, won three Emmys and was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. In 2008, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend.”

Begich’s grandson, Nick Begich III of Chugiak, recalled meeting her at her home in Washington, D.C.

“She was a gracious host and sharp, intelligent, and every word was spoken with intention,” Nick Begich III said.

Terry Moran, a national correspondent for ABC, described her as: “Brilliant. Brave. Kind. Hilarious. A fierce patriot. And one of the best human beings I have ever known.”

Political reporting was in her DNA — her father was Democratic majority leader in the U.S. House. Her mother, Lindy Boggs, joined the House of Representatives, serving from March 20, 1973 to Jan. 3, 1991. Her older brother Thomas was a wheeling and dealing lobbyist who was credited with pioneering the hiring former members of Congress to lobbying positions.


  1. The entire Boggs Family “survived” on the taxpayer’s money. If this family does not present a case for term limits, limiting lobbyist positions from retired congress people, nepotism, I do not know what does.

  2. While plainly a liberal, Cokie Roberts was at least fair. Most were unaware that she was Hale Boggs’ daughter — which is kinda relevant and probably helped her career. Gotta love the Swamp.

    Another interesting factoid is that after the apparent death of Majority Leader Boggs and the election of wife Lindy to succeed him — the senior Ms. Boggs would never speak to Congressman Young.

    • Ben Stevens made $710000 in 3 years off Special Olympics while Ted poured in the federal dollars. Gotta love the swamp.
      There are probably many people who do not speak to Don Young. I doubt he cares.

  3. She and I were on opposite sides of the political fence but she was from next door in Louisiana where I traveled and worked for many years. She was a great news media spokesperson and will be missed. Not many like her left. Prayers to her family and friends.

  4. Hale Boggs, Nick Begich and cowboy pilot Don Jonz, and the Cessna 310, are forever enshrined in ice, SE of Yakutat in a glacier. Let this be a reminder for all pilots to be mindful of planes with malfunctioning deicers.

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