WOMEN'S SHOW - COKIE ROBERTS

04/24/04

During her more than thirty years in broadcasting, Roberts has won numerous awards, including two Emmys and the highest honor in public radio, the Edward R. Murrow Award. She was also the first broadcast journalist to win the highly prestigious Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for coverage of Congress. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

In addition to her appearances on the airwaves, Roberts, along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country. The Roberts are also contributing editors to USA Magazine, and together they wrote From This Day Forward, an account of their more than thirty-five year marriage, and other well-known American marriages. That book made The New York Times bestseller list, following Roberts' other number one bestseller published in 1998, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, her story of women's roles and relationships throughout American history.

In her new book Founding Mothers, Roberts explores the lives of such women as Abigail Adams, Eliza Pinckney, Martha Washington and Dolley Madison. They managed farms and households, gave political advice, and took care of injured soldiers. They fought for the foundation of this country while making sure that the men did not allow it to fall apart. These ‘Founding Mothers’ were truly revolutionary women striving in a revolutionary time.

She will be speaking for WEDU Friday, April 30 at 8:00 pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

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