Cokie Roberts to give final Tate Lecture of 2008-09 season

Cokie RobertsCokie Roberts, political analyst for ABC News and author of the New York Times best-seller Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, will give the final lecture in SMU’s 2008-09 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at 8 p.m. May 5 in McFarlin Auditorium.

In her more than 40 years in broadcasting, Roberts has won many awards, including 3 Emmys. She has covered Congress, politics and public policy for nearly 20 years at ABC News. She also serves as senior news analyst for National Public Radio, where she was the Congressional correspondent for more than 10 years.

From 1996 to 2002, Roberts and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program “This Week.” She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by American Women in Radio and Television.

With her husband, Steven V. Roberts, she writes a weekly newspaper column syndicated by United Media. The Robertses are also contributing editors to USA Magazine. Her books include the best-sellers Founding Mothers, From This Day Forward (with Steven V. Roberts) and We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters.

Roberts will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. May 5 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The Tate Series’ 2009-10 season will be announced at her evening lecture. Watch SMU Forum for more information after the announcement, and learn more at