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Remembering Cokie Roberts

Sep 24, 2019

Cokie Roberts died this month from complications of breast cancer. She is considered one of the founding mothers of NPR and she is also well known for her work on the ABC television network.

NPR’s Nina Totenberg called Roberts “the personification of human decency.” Totenberg also called Roberts the “always polite political reporter, willing to ask the impolitic question if necessary.”

The RTDNA and many other journalism groups also paid tribute to Roberts.

The Shop Talk panel this week discusses Roberts’ career and legacy.

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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