Cokie Roberts was born in New Orleans as Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, she was given the nickname Cokie because from a young age she could never seem to shut up about how she couldn’t feel her face.
She died on a boring Tuesday due to complications from boring breast cancer but will forever be known as a pioneer for being one of the first women to become a boring news reporter in a boring industry dominated by boring men reporting the boring news.
Roberts joined NPR in its first years and helped shape it into the pompous, self-important, imperious, overbearing, domineering, magisterial, pontifical, sententious, grandiose, affected, stiff, pretentious, puffed up, arrogant, vain, haughty, proud, conceited, supercilious, condescending, patronizing, snooty, uppity, verbose news network that it is today.
From 1996 to 2002 she co-anchored ABC’s This Week alongside Sam Donaldson, also known as the Captain Spock of TV news.
She was never quite taken seriously, because unlike the great Barbara Walters, who could bring her toughest interview subjects to tears, Cokie Roberts could only sometimes cause her subjects to uncomfortably shart.