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Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs Roberts

December 27, 1943September 17, 2019

Her loving family announces the passing of journalist and author Cokie Roberts, due to complications from breast cancer, on September 17.

Born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs on December 27, 1943, Cokie was – first and foremost – a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin and friend.

Cokie’s career as a journalist at National Public Radio and ABC News took her to the heights of her profession, and her success as an author on history and family put her on the best seller list.

But her values put family and relationships above all else.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, journalist, author and professor Steven V. Roberts, her children Lee Roberts and Rebecca Roberts, her grandchildren Regan, Hale and Cecilia Roberts and Claiborne, Jack and Roland Hartman, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is also survived by friendships and by causes that she put her time, resources and energy into that are too numerous to count.

We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness.

We are hopeful that Cokie now goes to join her parents, former Members of Congress Hale and Lindy Boggs, her siblings Barbara, Tom and William, who predecease her, and her God.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in memory of Cokie Roberts to the Children’s Inn at NIH:

The Children’s Inn at NIH

7 West Drive

Bethesda, MD 29814


  • Reception in Memory of Cokie Roberts Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Saturday, September 21, 2019


Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs Roberts

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Tim Curtin

September 19, 2019

Steven, Lee and Rebecca,
Please know that all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of intense sorrow in your lives. Cokie was a bright light to so many. She had the grace and compassion of her mother and the resolve of her father. Her loss is a great one for not only you, but for all who knew or admired her from near and far. May God comfort and bless you in the days ahead. We shall not see her likes again. God bless the memory of Cokie Boggs Roberts and all who mourn her passing.