December 10, 2019, 23:56

Sam Donaldson, George Will remember Cokie Roberts on ABC’s “This Week”

Sam Donaldson, George Will remember Cokie Roberts on ABC’s “This Week”

In a special tribute to legendary ABC News and NPR journalist Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson and George Will shared their memories with “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz.

“She tamed us, and she changed the business,” Donaldson said on Sunday.

The Powerhouse Roundtable, where each panelist was a friend or colleague of Roberts, also shared their memories of her.

“Not only did she pull that ladder down for young women like myself, but she kept it down,” said former Democratic National Committee chairperson Donna Brazile, who first met Roberts as a 21-year-old intern.

(MORE: ABC News colleagues remember Cokie Roberts: ‘She knew what was important’)

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Journalist and author Cokie Roberts photographed in her home in Bethesda, Maryland on February 05, 2019.

Roberts, born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer. She was 75.

Throughout her decades long career, which began at CBS, Roberts won numerous awards, including three Emmys. She joined ABC News in 1988, and anchored “This Week” with Donaldson from 1996 to 2002.

President of ABC News James Goldston called her a “true pioneer for women in journalism.”

Roberts also wrote eight books focused on the role of women in American history and politics.

(MORE: Legendary journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts dies at 75)

During a funeral Mass on Saturday, she was eulogized by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Steve Roberts, her husband of more than 50 years.


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