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September 17, 2019
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Passing of Cokie Roberts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the passing of longtime broadcast journalist Cokie Roberts, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

“NAB and our broadcast colleagues mourn the passing of ABC’s Cokie Roberts, whose countless awards are testament to a glass-shattering career that inspired scores of professional women journalists.

"I was proud to have known Cokie, to have worked with her and to have called her a friend during my years in the Senate. Cokie brought class, intelligence and fairness to political journalism, whether as co-host of ABC’s ‘This Week’ or offering commentaries on public radio. Her contributions to politics and broadcasting will never be forgotten.”

Cokie Roberts received the NAB Distinguished Service Award, the broadcast industry's highest honor, at the NAB Show in 2003.

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