By Lisa Loewen, MA class of 2003
Cokie Roberts is the chief congressional analyst for ABC News, covering politics, Congress and public policy. Roberts also serves as a news analyst for National Public Radio, where she was the congressional corespondent for more than ten years. In addition, Roberts was the former co-anchor of This Week With Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts.
Roberts has also served as congressional corespondent for PBS' MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour Her coverage of the Iran/Contra affair for that show won her the Weintel award in 1987. She also co-hosted PBS' weekly program on Congress, The Lawmakers from 1981 to 1984.
Roberts has worked for more than 25 years in broadcasting, and has received numerous awards, including the highest honor in public radio, the Edward R. Murrow Award. She was the first broadcast journalist to win the prestigious Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for congressional coverage.
In 1991, Roberts won an Emmy for her contribution to the ABC News special, Who is Ross Perot? In 2002, Roberts received the National Citation from the William Allen White Foundation for excellence in journalism and exemplifying the ideals of William Allen White.
A 1964 graduate from Wellesley College with a degree in political science, Roberts is the recipient of 14 honorary degrees. She is the author of the 1998 national bestseller, We Are Our Mother's Daughters, and, in conjunction with her husband Steven Roberts, writes a weekly newspaper column syndicated by United Media in major newspapers around the country.
Roberts and her husband Steven, published the 2000 New York Times bestseller, From This Day Forward, an account of their more than 30-year marriage. They have two grown children.
"The role of the press may not be to solve problems -- but its role is not to get in the way of solutions either" — Cokie Roberts, 2002 Medal acceptance speech