Cokie Roberts, longtime reporter and analyst for ABC News and NPR, died Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Washington D.C.. She was 75.
A check of our archives found that in May 2003 Roberts and her husband, Steve, were the commencement speakers at College Misericordia on May 17. Both received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from the school during the ceremony.
In their address to the class of 2003, Cokie told the graduates “If you want to make waves instead of ripples – go into public service.” Steve, who was a contributing editor at US New and World Report and instructor at George Washington University, advice was “be a pebble in the pond of life.”
The visit by the two journalist was not without controversy. Their appearance at Misericordia and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews at the University of Scranton commencement was opposed by the Cardinal Newman Society. The society, that promotes Catholic education, said both school’s choices for commencement speakers is “out of line with traditional Catholic teaching in their pro-choice stance on abortion.”
Both institutions said that they would not cancel their speakers. A Misericordia spokesman said in response that Cokie and Steve Roberts “are accomplished journalist and upstanding members of the community.”
Days following their appearance at Misericorida, Cokie and Steve wrote about the school and the mission of the Sisters of Mercy in their syndicated newspaper column.
Brian Fulton has been the librarian at The Times-Tribune for the past 15 years. On his blog, Historically Hip, he writes about the great concerts, plays/musicals and celebrity happenings that have taken place throughout NEPA. He is also the co-host of the local history podcast, Historically Hip. He competed and was crowned grand champion on an episode of NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9140; or @TTPagesPast