Funeral to be held for legendary journalist Cokie Roberts


A funeral mass and reception will be held for legendary journalist Cokie Roberts on Saturday. The 75-year-old died Tuesday in Washington due to complications from breast cancer.

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The daughter of Hale Boggs, a former House majority leader from Louisiana and Lindy Boggs, who succeeded her husband in Congress, Roberts held a lifelong passion for politics that aided her greatly in her coverage of Congress and federal politics.

A funeral mass will be held at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle at 10 a.m.

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Roberts was a devout Catholic who was unafraid to discuss her religion, at one point comparing her religious beliefs to the act of breathing, according to NPR. She worked in local news and at CBS News before joining NPR to cover Congress in 1978. She joined ABC a decade later, not leaving NPR. 

Later Saturday, she will also be honored at the National Press Club.