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Award-Winning Journalist Cokie Roberts to Speak at RWU on March 24

Public invited to free President’s Distinguished Speakers Series event - in partnership with Rhode Island Public Radio - featuring the veteran journalist and acclaimed author
Cover illustration of Roberts's new children's book, "Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies."

BRISTOL, R.I. – From being cited as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by the American Women in Radio and Television to being named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, Cokie Roberts remains one of the most highly regarded journalists and political commentators in broadcast journalism today.

In partnership with Rhode Island Public Radio, Roger Williams University invites members of the public to spend an evening with Roberts on Monday, March 24 as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

The conversation will include a discussion on Roberts’s most recent book, an illustrated children’s book based on her bestselling adult edition, “Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies,” which shares the inspiring stories of the nation’s Founding Mothers, highlighting women’s roles during key events of the American Revolution. Roberts will also share her perspective and analysis of the current headlines in American and international politics.

Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and also serves as commentator for National Public Radio. 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 American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

Roberts has written several bestselling books, including the number one New York Times bestseller, “We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters,” and “Ladies of Liberty.” In addition she has written two books with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, that include “From This Day Forward,” an account of their now more than 45-year marriage and other marriages in American history, which immediately went onto the New York Times bestseller list, and “Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families.”

Roberts holds more than 20 honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several nonprofit institutions and was appointed to 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.

The March 24 presentation will take place in the Field House at the Campus Recreation Center on the University’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. A book signing with the author will immediately follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call (401) 254-3154.

Launched in 2011, the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series at Roger Williams University invites thought leaders from a wide range of disciplines to share perspectives, inspire conversations and enrich the intellectual lives of students, faculty and staff at Roger Williams as well as members of the local community. As part of the series, each guest is invited to devote much of the daylong visit to direct engagement with students in classroom sessions, offering RWU students unique opportunities for one-on-one interactions with some of the world’s leading authors, scholars, artists and public servants.