Hoda Kotb Pays Emotional Tribute to Broadcast Legend and Her ‘Teacher’ Cokie Roberts

NBC's "Today" show co-anchor Hoda Kotb paid a touching tribute to the legendary journalist Cokie Roberts in wake of her death after serious health complications. 

The iconic ABC News and NPR journalist, Cokie Roberts, passed away on September 17 after a battle with breast cancer. 

In the wake of her death, journalist Hoda Kotb posted a heartfelt tribute to Roberts, calling her "a kind teacher."

GEORGE W. BUSH PAYS HIS RESPECTS TO ROBERTS

Former President George W. Bush paid his respects to Roberts through a heartfelt post on Instagram. In the post, Bush mentioned that the journalist covered the Bush family for years as a "talented, tough, and fair reporter."

Bush further mentioned that his family respected Roberts as a driven woman with a good sense of humor. 

 BARACK OBAMA'S TRIBUTE TO ROBERTS

Following the news of her death, former President Barack Obama paid a heartfelt tribute to Roberts, calling her a trailblazer who inspired young women. 

"She was a trailblazing figure; a role model to young women at a time when the profession was still dominated by men; a constant over forty years of a shifting media landscape and changing world, informing voters about the issues of our time and mentoring young journalists every step of the way," the statement read

 Cokie Roberts at National Archives Foundation Gala in 2017. | Source: Getty Images

Cokie Roberts at National Archives Foundation Gala in 2017. | Source: Getty Images

  A LEGENDARY JOURNALIST 

Roberts was a veteran journalist who was a true trailblazer in the broadcasting world. The three-time Emmy winner's glorious career spanned over 40 years.

The iconic journalist is survived by her husband Steve J. Roberts and their children, Lee Roberts and Rebecca Roberts. 

 Cokie Roberts at "Kids Night Out" Celebrating Children by Save The Children. | Source: Getty Images

Cokie Roberts at "Kids Night Out" Celebrating Children by Save The Children. | Source: Getty Images

In 2008, the Library of Congress named Roberts a "Living Legend." She has also been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. 

As cited by the American Women in Radio and Television, Roberts was one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. May her departed soul rest in peace. 

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