Our Views: Louisiana native Cokie Roberts gets Humanist award _lowres

Cokie Roberts

In addition to her long career as a Washington journalist, Louisiana native Cokie Roberts also has written extensively about American history, chronicling the special role that women played in the nation’s founding.

Because of that work, Roberts is this year’s Humanist of the Year, a distinction awarded by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

We can’t think of a better spokesperson for the important role that the humanities — history, literature, music, visual art — play in our national life.

Roberts’ enthusiasm for the humanities began with her childhood in New Orleans, a place where culture is very much a part of the civic identity. The daughter of two late members of Congress, Hale Boggs and Lindy Boggs, Roberts gained fame in her own right as Capitol Hill correspondent for National Public Radio. She also writes a weekly syndicated column with her husband, Steven, that regularly appears in The Advocate.

Roberts will be recognized as Humanist of the Year during an April 23 banquet at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. To purchase tickets and get other information, visit leh.org.

We congratulate Roberts on her honor.