Legendary journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts dies at 75

first_imgSamantha Sergi/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Renowned ABC News journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts has died at the age of 75.Roberts won countless awards, including three Emmys, throughout her decades-long career. 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 named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2008.“We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness,” her family said in a statement.Her death was due to complications from breast cancer.Roberts, born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, said she got the name “Cokie” from her older brother, who couldn’t pronounce Corinne and dubbed her Cokie instead. The name stuck with her ever since.“Cokie Roberts will be dearly missed,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News. “Cokie’s kindness, generosity, sharp intellect and thoughtful take on the big issues of the day made ABC a better place and all of us better journalists.”Roberts was “a true pioneer for women in journalism,” Goldston said, “well-regarded for her insightful analysis of politics and policy in Washington, D.C., countless newsmaking interviews, and, notably, her unwavering support for generations of young women — and men — who would follow in her footsteps.”She is survived by her husband, fellow journalist Steven Roberts, her children, Lee and Rebecca and her six grandchildren.Roberts graduated from Wellesley College in 1964 with a degree in political science and began her career in radio as a foreign correspondent for CBS in the 1970s and started covering Capitol Hill for National Public Radio in 1978, reporting on the Panama Canal Treaty.She was assigned to Capitol Hill full-time in the early 1980s, serving as the network’s congressional correspondent for more than a decade.Roberts co-anchored ABC’s This Week with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002. She also served as political commentator, chief congressional analyst and a commentator for This Week during her three decades at ABC.Before joining ABC News in 1988, Roberts spent more than two decades at outlets including WNEW (1968), KNBC-TV (1974-77), CBS News (1974-1977) and NPR starting in 1978. She was also a correspondent for MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and a contributing senior news analyst for PBS.Additionally, she wrote eight books, largely focusing on the role of women in American history, many of which were New York Times bestsellers.She had recently acknowledged a struggle with her health.“Over the summer, I have had some health issues which required treatment that caused weight loss. I am doing fine,” she said in a statement after the This Week appearance. “I very much appreciate the kind comments I have received and expect to be, as I have been, working away in the days and months to come, covering what promises to be a fascinating election. I am grateful to everyone who has been in touch and sent their well wishes. Thanks for caring.”Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and was successfully treated. When she was diagnosed, she spoke about her longtime work urging women to get regular mammograms.“Fortunately, in the course of my efforts to inform others about the disease, I learned about the benefits of early detection,” she said in a statement at the time, The Washington Post reported. “Now I am the beneficiary of that information.”She told the Post that her cancer diagnosis didn’t give her a newfound perspective on life, because she already had one.“I had a healthy perspective on life already,” she said to The Washington Post. “I have always cared more about family than my career. I lost my father at age 58 in a terrible accident and I lost my sister at age 51. So I didn’t need any extra perspective on life.”During a Facebook Q&A in 2013, when asked what was the best part of her career, she said that her family has been “by far the best part” of her life.“I’ve been blessed in my life with been a long and happy marriage that produced two wonderful children who have in turn each produced three spectacular grandchildren and that is by far the best part. In terms of career, I’ve been lucky to have many interesting jobs and loved most of them. The ability to develop expertise and then be able to use that knowledge in broadcasting is gratifying. And I find writing books particularly satisfying,” she wrote in her response to the Facebook question.Roberts came from a political family: she was the daughter of (Thomas) Hale Boggs, the former Democratic House majority leader and representative from New Orleans. Her father was also a member of the Warren commission that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.Hale Boggs died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1972, and his wife – Roberts’ mother – Lindy Boggs was elected to fill her late husband’s congressional seat.Lindy Boggs was later appointed to be the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See by then-President Bill Clinton in 1997.Roberts’ siblings also took a liking to politics. Her older brother, Thomas Boggs Jr., was a lobbyist and her sister Barbara Boggs Sigmund was the former mayor of Princeton, N.J., younger brother, William, died as an infant, and her other two siblings have died as well.In an interview earlier this year, Roberts noted that she was “the only person in my original nuclear family who didn’t run for Congress. Now, they didn’t win all of them – the only one that never lost an election was my mother.”But she filled that void with her foray into journalism.“I have always felt semi-guilty about it. But I’ve sort of assuaged my guilt by writing about it and feeling like I’m educating people about the government and how to be good voters and good citizens,” she told The Washington Post.Roberts married journalist Steve Roberts in 1966, after meeting at a political event in Ohio four years earlier when they were both in college.Steven Roberts worked as a reporter at The New York Times for many years, and in a 2017 interview, Cokie Roberts credited her husband as being “my mentor when I started off as a journalist.”“I had always been a good writer, and so I started reporting and writing. He was a big help to me, and we did a lot together,” she said for an oral history project developed by the House of Representatives.Steve Roberts said in a New York Times interview in 2017 that he was “bowled over” by his wife’s intellect.                        “Marrying the right person is the single most important decision you’ll ever make in your life. Everything else is secondary. From the very beginning, I knew what an extraordinary person Cokie was,” Steve Roberts said in the Times article, which was published to celebrate their then-50 year union in 2017.The pair got married under an apple tree in the backyard of her family’s home in Bethesda, Md., and then-President Lyndon B. Johnson and first lady Lady Bird were among the 1,500 guests in attendance. The home stayed in the family, and was Cokie and Steve Roberts’ home at the time of her passing.Full statement from the family of Cokie Roberts:Her loving family announces the passing of journalist and author Cokie Roberts, due to complications from breast cancer, on September 17.Born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs on December 27, 1943, Cokie was – first and foremost – a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin and friend.Cokie’s career as a journalist at National Public Radio and ABC News took her to the heights of her profession, and her success as an author on history and family put her on the best seller list.But her values put family and relationships above all else.She is survived by her husband of 53 years, journalist, author and professor Steven V. Roberts, her children Lee Roberts and Rebecca Roberts, her grandchildren Regan, Hale and Cecilia Roberts and Claiborne, Jack and Roland Hartman, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.She is also survived by friendships and by causes that she put her time, resources and energy into that are too numerous to count.We would like to thank the staff at the National Institutes of Health for their dedication, expertise, work and incredible care for Cokie during her illness.We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness.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.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band Welcome Jenny Lewis At Terrapin Crossroads [Videos]

first_imgOn Thursday, gearing up for their headlining Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance next week, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band offered a hometown warmup gig at Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA.Phil Lesh and his band opened up their first set with “Mason’s Children”, which was followed up by a number of Grateful Dead favorites including “China Cat Sunflower”, “Mr. Charlie”, “Jack-A-Roe, and “Brown Eyed Women”. Next, Phil stepped up to take the vocal lead on a cover of Robbie Robertson‘s “Broken Arrow” before moving forward with three American Beauty cuts, “Candyman”, “Till The Morning Comes”, and “Sugar Magnolia”. “Sugar Magnolia” segued into a proper “Sunshine Daydream” to bring the first set to a close.Following a brief setbreak, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band returned to open their second with an exploratory “Scarlet Begonias”, which smoothly flowed into a Ross James led cover of Link Wray’s “Fire and Brimstone”. The band moved forward with solid takes on “Comes A Time”, “Eyes Of The World”, and “Unbroken Chain” before sandwiching “Throwing Stones” in between a scorching “St. Stephen”. The biggest surprise of the night came next, as singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis emerged and stepped up front and center to an extra microphone. Terrapin Family Band multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby is no stranger to Lewis, as he’s a member of her regular touring band. With the added touch of Lewis’ soulful vocals, the band charged into “Shakedown Street”. Smoothly moving out of “Shakedown”, Lewis led the band through “You Are What You Love”, off of her 2006 Rabbit Fur Coat album featuring The Watson Twins. Phil, Lewis, and The Terrapin Family Band weaved back into “Shakedown Street” to close out their second set. The band offered up a lone encore of “Sugaree” with Lewis on keys.Luckily for fan who were unable to attend Thursday’s show, there’s some great fan-shot footage you can enjoy below:Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – 5/23/2019 [Set One][Video: Deadheadland]Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – 5/23/2019 [Set Two][Video: Deadheadland]For a full list of Lesh’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.Setlist: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 5/23/2019Set One: Mason’s Children, China Cat Sunflower, Mr. Charlie, Jack-A-Roe, Brown Eyed Women, Broken Arrow, Candyman, Till The Morning Comes, Sugar Magnolia > Sunshine DaydreamSet Two: Scarlet Begonias > Fire And Brimstone, Comes A Time, Eyes Of The World, Unbroken Chain, St. Stephen > Throwing Stones > St. Stephen, Shakedown Street* > You Are What You Love* > Shakedown Street*Encore: Sugaree** featuring Jenny Lewis[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Liverpool add Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Nicolas Pepe to shortlist

first_imgLiverpool add Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Nicolas Pepe to shortlist Comment Advertisement Arsenal and Chelsea are chasing the forward (Picture: Getty)But Le 10 Sport claim the Premier League duo have been hit with a new blow in the race to sign Pepe after the interest of Liverpool emerged.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Reds are on the hunt for another forward this summer as Daniel Sturridge seems set to leave the club once his contract expires at the end of the season.Reports in Spain this week claimed Mohamed Salah was a target for Real Madrid and was keen to make the move to Spain. Pepe is valued at around £70m by his club (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have stepped forward to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille, according to reports.The exciting forward is on fire in France, scoring 19 goals and providing 13 assists in just 32 league appearances.Only Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has scored more goals in Ligue 1 than Pepe this season and Lille have reportedly slapped a £70million price tag on the winger.Chelsea and Arsenal are keen to complete a transfer for Pepe, with the Gunners tracking the 23-year-old’s progress for the last 12 months.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Coral BarryFriday 19 Apr 2019 8:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Pepe has been involved in 32 goals in the league for Lille this season (Picture: AFP)Liverpool and the player dismissed those reports as rubbish, but Pepe is being viewed as a potential replacement for Salah.Pepe has been added to Liverpool’s shortlist of targets this summer and the Reds have asked what it would take to lure the Ivory Coast international to Anfield.Liverpool have zero interest in selling Salah as the club battles to win their first Premier League title and make successive Champions League finals.Salah has led from the front for Liverpool this season, scoring 23 times and laying on 11 goals for his team-mates.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisementlast_img read more

Martinez gets a late lift

first_img But Everton piled on the pressure again towards the end of the game and after Potters substitute Jermaine Pennant upended his counterpart Leon Osman in the box in stoppage time, the resulting penalty was swept in by Leighton Baines. Martinez, whose side have slipped from fourth to fifth in the table, said after the match: “I thought today – given the conditions in terms of the wet weather and this moment in the busy Christmas period, with the squads getting really stretched – that whoever scored the first goal, that was going to be final. “And I felt in the first half, when we hit the woodwork twice, that it was not going to be our day. “Probably with the first real chance that Stoke had, a good strike from outside the box ended up in the back of the net and it seemed that it was the worst possible case for us at that moment. “I don’t think we were at our best by any stretch of the imagination. “But what we showed was an incredible reaction after we conceded the goal. “We forced Stoke back in their own box. We had two balls cleared off the line and then the penalty, earned through the magic feet of Leon Osman, was a good reward. “Even though there is a feeling we have dropped two points, I couldn’t be happier with the reaction and how we finished the game.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez revealed he had been feeling as if it was not going to be the Toffees’ day before a late equaliser saw them draw 1-1 at Stoke. The visitors were twice inches away from taking the lead in the first half of the New Year’s Day Barclays Premier League contest as Kevin Mirallas struck first the crossbar and then the post. Having survived those scares, Stoke subsequently went ahead in the 49th minute through Oussama Assaidi’s shot. Stoke manager Mark Hughes had no complaints about the decision to award the spot-kick for winger Pennant’s tackle. Hughes said: “He (Pennant) has made a mistake – he has made a challenge in the box and in those situations you want full-backs or defensive-minded players to be in those positions. “Unfortunately he miscalculated and it was a stonewall penalty. “He is an attack-minded player. It is not one of his strengths, trying to stop balls into the box and opposing attacking players.” The 12th-placed Potters went into the game against Everton, who beat them 4-0 in the reverse fixture on November 30, having lost their last two matches of 2013 by similarly comprehensive scorelines – 5-1 at Newcastle and 3-0 at Tottenham. And Hughes added: “We have taken one point off a very good Everton team and maybe before the game started we would have been happy with that. “I thought in the first half we played really well, and then in the second half we came out and got a good goal from Assaidi (who joined Stoke on loan from Liverpool earlier this season and has now netted four times for the Potters). He is really playing well at the moment and showing the threat he has. “You know at some point Everton will throw people forward, take chances and try to make something happen, but I was really happy with how we showed what was required, putting our bodies on the line and blocking shots. “You get to within a couple of minutes of the end of the game and you expect to see it out, but we made a mistake and we ended up with only one point. “But only a few weeks ago, we were getting beaten quite comprehensively by the same team at Goodison Park, so we turned that around. “And we have obviously had a difficult time over Christmas in terms of travelling and those results, but we have picked ourselves up today and put in a really good performance in my view.” Hughes confirmed Potters goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen had come off at half-time due to an Achilles problem. Stoke already have first-choice stopper Asmir Begovic out injured with a broken finger, so Jack Butland came on for his debut. Meanwhile, Martinez has said Everton defender Sylvain Distin, who did not feature at the Britannia Stadium because of a hamstring complaint, is likely to be sidelined for 10 to 12 days. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tommy DeVito’s shaky debut, other fast reactions to Syracuse’s 55-42 win at Western Michigan

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 31, 2018 at 10:19 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Short a quarterSyracuse looked poised to dominate the second half like it had the first. A third-quarter defensive meltdown bled a 27-point lead to six. The main victims were the secondary. After a half of inconsistent play but little duress, Western Michigan quarterback Jon Wassink started to develop a rhythm with No. 1 Broncos’ receiver D’Wayne Eskridge. Repeatedly, Eskridge outran SU corner Scoop Bradshaw and the safeties trying to help. Twice, he found the end zone.All told, Eskridge finished with eight catches for 240 yards and the two scores. After a long completion that Bradshaw managed to save the touchdown on, freshman Trill Williams replaced him as cornerback.And as WMU started to take control through the air, LeVante Bellamy started running wild. Still, with Dungey back in and a calmer fourth quarter, SU did just enough to prevail. KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The score at halftime — 34-7 — reflected the pummeling inflicted on the field. Syracuse dominated Western Michigan up front and in the run game. Starting quarterback Eric Dungey only needed to complete four passes to keep the offense well on track to earn more than 300 yards. Shortly before halftime, the lead grew to 27 and the heralded redshirt freshman Tommy DeVito took the reins.While DeVito was in, through really no fault of his own, Syracuse unraveled. An offense that opened the game with 17 points in less than seven minutes couldn’t score and the defense wilted, allowing three-straight touchdown drives in one minute or less in a single span.Eventually, Dungey came back in, and the defense recovered and the Orange escaped Waldo Stadium with a 55-42 win. Dominating the trenchesAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s immediate success on Friday stemmed from the offensive line. Throughout training camp, coaches and players kept mentioning the experience of the group. Returning were Airon Servais, Cody Conway and Evan Adams. Aaron Roberts, the starting left guard on Friday, returned from an injury that cost him the 2017 season. Graduate transfer Koda Martin started previously at Texas A&M.And in the early portions of the opener, the pedigree showed. In the first half, Syracuse had seven rushes of 11 yards or more. Dungey clocked a 49-yard gash on 3rd-and-7 from his own 20 in the second quarter, SU’s longest run of the day.All told, the Orange finished with 334 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground.When SU did find a need to pass, the offensive line held up well. After giving up 32 sacks for 168 yards a season ago, the Orange’s big men only surrendered two on Friday for 11 yards. Both came when DeVito was in the game, and after the redshirt freshman quarterback had a chance to make his reads and scramble.Tommy DeVitoAlmost a year and a half since committing to Syracuse, Tommy DeVito finally made his debut for the Orange.Inheriting a 34-7 lead with minutes remaining in the first half, it seemed DeVito would get his looks, Syracuse would cruise to victory, and that would be that.But when DeVito came in, the offense struggled. Syracuse didn’t score during DeVito’s five drives and rarely moved the chains, save for when DeVito took a page out of Dungey’s book at takeoff.When he dropped back, DeVito looked good in the pocket, standing tall and making his reads, though occasionally taking too long and allowing for those aforementioned sacks. When he did get a chance to throw, DeVito looked confident but was often inaccurate.He sent a sideline out to Jamal Custis low and away for an incompletion. He airmailed Devin Butler multiple times on deep balls. On one of his final throws, DeVito and Butler looked to have miscommunicated and the route did not match the throw. But DeVito had bright spots, between the plays he made with his legs and a couple intermediate completions. His best pass was a wheel route to Dontae Strickland up the seam for 22 yards. Had Strickland not fell victim to a shoestring tackle, he had nothing but green grass.Eventually, Western Michigan closed the gap enough for Dungey to re-enter and put the game to rest. The redshirt freshman finished 4-for-9 for 42 yards. Commentslast_img read more