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Cokie Roberts (1996)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-05-15

Duration: 00:25:46

Subjects: Roberts, Cokie | Journalists | Politics | Government | Boggs, Hale, 1914-1972 | Boggs, Lindy, 1916-2013 | Boggs, Thomas Hale | Sigmund, Barbara Boggs, 1939-1990 | Roberts, Steven V., 1943- | Brown, Ronald Harmon, 1941-1996 | United States presidential election, 1996 | United States. Supreme Court


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Eaglin, Carlos Producer
  • Heyer, Ashley Producer
  • Roberts, Cokie Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from May 15, 1996, features an interview with Cokie Roberts conducted by Gus Weill. Roberts, the daughter of Congressman Hale Boggs and Congresswoman Lindy Boggs of Louisiana, is a journalist for ABC News and National Public Radio (NPR). She discusses: growing up in both Louisiana and Washington, D.C.; her father’s career; how she found out about her father’s death in a plane crash in 1972; starting her career in journalism; the recent death of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown; the qualities necessary for the U.S. president; her thoughts on the upcoming 1996 presidential election; her take on the current U.S. Supreme Court; writing a weekly column with her husband, journalist Steven V. Roberts; cooking Louisiana food; her relationship with her brother, lobbyist Tommy Boggs; her late sister, Barbara Boggs Sigmund; and her optimism about America.