ABC News and NPR's Cokie Roberts to speak at May commencement

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Cokie Roberts, a political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for National Public Radio, will deliver the keynote address at LSU's spring commencement exercises on Thursday, May 16, at 2 p.m.

Roberts, originally from New Orleans, will speak at the main ceremony of LSU's 280th commencement, which will be held in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and will be followed by individual diploma ceremonies for each college on May 16 and 17. Please visit for the times and locations of the diploma ceremonies.

"We are pleased to welcome Cokie Roberts to LSU to speak at our May commencement ceremony," said Interim LSU System President and Interim Chancellor William Jenkins. "She brings years of experience covering some of the most exciting and noteworthy times in America's history, and we look forward to the insight and knowledge she provides to our graduates as they are embarking on the next stage of their lives."

Roberts provides analysis for all ABC News network news programming. From 1996-2002, she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program "This Week." In her more than 40 years in broadcasting, she 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, Roberts, along with her husband, Steven, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country by United Media. The Roberts are also contributing editors to USA Weekend Magazine, and in 2011, they published "Our Haggadah, Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families." Their earlier collaboration, "From this Day Forward," an account of their more than 40-year marriage and other marriages in American history, immediately went onto The New York Times bestseller list. All of Roberts's other books have also been best-sellers, including the number one bestseller, "We Are Our Mothers' Daughters," an account of women's roles and relationships throughout American history. Her other bestselling books – "Founding Mothers," published in 2004, and "Ladies of Liberty," published in 2008 – are histories of women in America's founding era.

Roberts holds more than 25 honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and was on the President George W. Bush's Commission on Service and Civic Participation. In 2008 the Library of Congress named her a "Living Legend," one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor. She is the mother of two and grandmother of six.