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Journalist Cokie Roberts gives free, public lecture March 28

by | Mar. 22, 2012, 3:41 PM

Cokie Roberts (image courtesy of ABC News)

ABC News political analyst and National Public Radio senior news analyst Cokie Roberts will give a talk, “Insiders’ View of Washington, D.C.,” Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt University’s Langford Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public and is part of the university’s Project Dialogue series, which is dedicated to creating opportunities for students, staff and faculty to engage in public discourse and dialogue in an effort to foster a transformative experience. By connecting classroom learning with larger societal issues, Project Dialogue seeks to generate reasonable debate in the hopes of finding common ground.

Video of the Roberts’ lecture will be posted after the event at

In her more than 40 years in broadcast journalism, Roberts has won countless awards, including three Emmys. 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 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

In addition to her appearances on the airwaves, she, along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country by United Media. The Roberts are also contributing editors to USA Weekend Magazine, and together they wrote The New York Times bestseller From this Day Forward, an account of their more than 40-year marriage and other marriages in American history. The book followed Roberts’ No. 1 bestseller, We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters, an account of women’s roles and relationships throughout American history. Roberts’ histories of women in America’s founding era, Founding Mothers, published in 2004 and Ladies of Liberty in 2008, also became instant bestsellers.

Roberts holds more than 20 honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and on the President’s Commission on Service and Civic Participation. The Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend,” one of the select few to have attained this honor.

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