September 20, 2019
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is saddened to learn of the death of our friend, 2003 Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness honoree and breast cancer advocate Cokie Roberts. Ms. Roberts was widely respected as a trailblazer in journalism and a top Washington journalist for NPR and ABC News.
As a best-selling author, three-time Emmy Award winner and Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame inductee, Ms. Roberts was known to millions for her historic, multidisciplinary reporting and commentary. She was the daughter of former U.S. representatives, and her passion for politics influenced her career as a pioneering journalist carving the way for female journalists and working women that followed.
Following her breast cancer diagnosis, the Prevent Cancer Foundation® honored Ms. Roberts in 2003 at the annual Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program’s Awards Luncheon for “Distinguished Service in Journalism”. She went on to be an active advocate for the Foundation, continuing to support congressional spouses and families through the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program®.
“Cokie was a great friend of the Foundation,” said Carolyn Aldigé, Founder and CEO of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®. “Her ambition and support were inspirational to members of the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. The Foundation and our entire community are deeply saddened by Cokie’s death and we extend our most sincere condolences to all who were touched by her remarkable life.”