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What Cokie Roberts Did: Reflections on a Life Well Lived

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What Cokie Roberts Did: Reflections on a Life Well Lived

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0656
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To call Cokie Roberts a legendary journalist merely scratches the surface of the life of this bestselling author and champion for women who was a fixture on national radio and television for 40 years. 

The people closest to her remember her impressive mind and the tenacity that sent her career skyrocketing through glass ceilings at NPR and ABC. When faced with daily decisions and dilemmas, many still ask themselves the question, What Would Cokie Do? In 1990, legendary Spy magazine ran a cartoon illustrating her many connections with the headline “Cokie Roberts: Moderately Well-Known Broadcast Journalist or Center of the Universe?”. They were only half-joking.

In conversation with their daughter Rebecca Roberts, journalist, author, and educator Steve Roberts, Cokie’s husband of 53 years, reflects on her many accomplishments and how she lived each day with a devotion to helping others. Her commitment to celebrating and supporting other women was evident in everything she did, and her generosity and passion drove her personal and professional endeavors.

Roberts’ book Cokie: A Life Well-Lived (Harpers) is available for purchase.

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