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Sam Donaldson, George Will Remember Koki Roberts on ABC's "This Week"



In a special tribute to legendary ABC News and NPR journalist Koki Roberts, Sam Donaldson and George Will shared their memories with co-writer "This Week" Marta Radac.

"She changed us and she changed the business," Donaldson said Sunday.

The Powerhouse Round Table, where each participant in the group was a friend or colleague of Roberts, also shared their memories of her.

"Not only did she take the ladder down for young women like me, but she took it down," said former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile, who first met Roberts as a 21

-year intern.

  PHOTOS: Journalist and author Cocky Roberts is filming at her home in Bethesda, Maryland on February 05, 2019. Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post via Getty Images in Bethesda, Maryland on February 05, 2019.

Roberts, born Mary Martha Corrin Morrison Clayborn Boggs, died Tuesday from complications from breast cancer. She was 75 years old.

During his decades starting at CBS, Roberts has won numerous awards, including three Emmys. She joined ABC News in 1988 and anchored "This Week" with Donaldson from 1996 to 2002.

ABC News President James Goldston called her "a true pioneer for women in journalism."

Roberts also wrote eight books focused on the role of women in American history and politics.

During a funeral Mass on Saturday, she was excused by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Steve Roberts, her husband of more than 50 years.

This is developing news. Please check back for updates.


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