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NPR, ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts speaks at Loyola

Loyola press release - April 9, 2013

NPR and ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts, New Orleans native and daughter of prominent U.S. Representatives Hale and Lindy Boggs, headlined a free event at Loyola University New Orleans April 4. Roberts provided an historical account of New Orleans politics, touching on her family’s experiences as well as offering her perspective on the recent election of Pope Francis, the first Jesuit to become pope. Roberts' talk was part of Loyola’s Presidential Centennial Guest Series, and is now available in an online video.

Capitol Hill was the backdrop for Roberts’ childhood—her parents represented Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional district for half a century—and led to her future as a national political journalist. After serving as a foreign radio correspondent for CBS in the 1970s, Roberts began covering Capitol Hill for NPR in 1978. She co-anchored ABC’s “This Week” with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002.

Roberts’ work at NPR and ABC News has garnered three Emmy Awards. She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and is recognized by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. The Library of Congress honored her as a Living Legend in 2008.

Her bestselling book, "We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters,” is an account of women's roles and relationships throughout American history. Her histories of women in America's founding era—“Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation,” published in 2004 and “Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation” in 2008—also became instant bestsellers. She also writes a nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column with her husband, Steven V. Roberts.

For more information, please contact Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs.