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• Cokie Roberts, who brought her considerable journalistic talents to National Public Radio, Public Television, and ABC News over a four-decade career, has passed away after a battle with breast cancer. She was 75.
KC's View:
I actually met Cokie Roberts a long time ago, when I was living a vastly different life doing public relations for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). She was part of an anchor team launching a new program called “The Lawmakers,” which was designed to focus on the legislative process, and my job was to shadow her for a few days to gather grist that could be used in our PR efforts. I was barely more than a kid, and I remember her being kind and patient with me, which made me a fan throughout her career. From all reports, she was an enormous influence on a lot of young journalists, mentoring them and encouraging them and pushing them to higher and better standards.