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National Archives Foundation Statement on the Passing of Journalist Cokie Roberts

September 17, 2019

Cokie Roberts, award-winning journalist, author and integral part of the National Archives Foundation family has passed away at the age of 75.

National Archives Foundation Board of Directors, led by Chair and President Governor James Blanchard:

  • We mourn the sudden passing of Cokie Roberts. Journalist, author, historian and friend, Cokie did more to bridge the gap of understanding between media, business, politics and government than anyone in this town. At the National Archives Foundation, we enjoyed a special relationship with Cokie, who joined our board 17 years ago. As our Vice Chair, she gave generously of her time and expertise to the cause of understanding the American experience. As a pioneering woman in journalism, she was committed to addressing the challenges women face in our world. We planned to honor Cokie Roberts with our 2019 Records of Achievement Award on the evening of November 13, 2019. Now, we will celebrate her life and the wonderful person she was to all who knew her. Our hearts go out to her husband, Steve Roberts, and everyone in the Roberts and Boggs family.

Executive Director of the National Archives Foundation Patrick M. Madden:

  • We will greatly miss Cokie’s leadership and personal touch on the Foundation’s Board. Her support of the National Archives was boundless. Her commitment to the study of women’s history and civics was matchless. Cokie’s brilliance and warmth will continue to guide the Foundation’s work for years to come.

The National Archives Foundation will provide an update in the coming weeks for those interested in honoring the incredible life and work of Cokie Roberts.


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