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After finishing college at Wellesley, Cokie Roberts, the daughter of two
representatives of Congress, became a journalist, covering Congress and
public policy for over 20 years now. She has worked as a co-anchor and
special correpondent for ABC News, and as a Congressional correspondent
for National Public Radio. She is often a substitute anchor for "Nightline."
Her writing has
appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the
New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly.
She has won the
highest award in public radio, the Edward R. Murrow Award. She was also
the first broadcast journalist to win the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award
for coverage of Congress. In 1991 she was awarded an Emmy for her contribution
to the ABC News Special, "Who is Ross Perot?" Her coverage
of the Iran/Contra affair for that program won her the Weintal Award
Ms. Roberts is
former president of the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association.
- Edward R. Murrow
Award, the highest award in public radio
- First broadcast
journalist to win the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for coverage
- An Emmy (1991)
- Wiental Award
Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College
- Honorary degrees
from Amherst College, Boston College, Columbia College, Gonzaga University,
Loyola University, Manhattanville College, Hood College, the Jefferson
Medical College, Notre Dame of Maryland and Mississippi University
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