“Social media is rife Tuesday with tributes to Cokie Roberts — especially from womenand especially from women who are journalists — about what she meant to them as a role model, mentor, guide and friend.
I counted her as all those things, so I can also guarantee you that there are female journalists today who have no idea that Cokie did something to nudge or boost their career. She was paying it forward before we even knew what that was.
She died Tuesday at the age of 75.
You know Cokie as the consummate Washington journalist and commentator. Some called her an insider; after all, her late father was Democratic Majority Leader Hale Boggs (he died in an airplane crash in 1972), and President Lyndon Johnson and first lady Lady Bird Johnson attended her wedding at her family home.”