MCLA to host pre-election commentary from Cokie Roberts of ABC/NPR

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present Cokie Roberts, a political commentator for ABC News and NPR, as the featured speaker for the Sixth Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at 7:00pm in the MCLA Amsler Campus Center gymnasium.

Roberts will discuss the 2016 Presidential Election. This event, made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust, is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Throughout her more than 40 years in broadcasting, Roberts has won numerous awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. Her work includes co-anchoring the weekly ABC interview program, “This Week,” with broadcast journalist Sam Donaldson, from 1996 to 2002.

“As we near the conclusion of this most historic presidential election, it will be our privilege to hear from Cokie Roberts, who is widely recognized for her knowledge of and expertise in American politics,” said John DeRosa, administrator of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust. “I encourage all to attend this exceptional opportunity, as she shares her perspective on the 2016 Presidential Election.”

In addition to her appearances on the airwaves, Roberts, along with her husband, Steve Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country by U Click and together they wrote “From this Day Forward,” an account of their now more than 50-year marriage, and other marriages in American history.

“From this Day Forward,” immediately went onto The New York Times bestseller list, following Roberts’ number one bestseller, “We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters,” an account of women’s roles and relationships throughout American history. Her later books, “Founding Mothers” and “Ladies of Liberty” (published in 2004 and 2008, respectively), also became instant bestsellers, along with her latest book, “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.”

Roberts holds more than 25 honorary degrees, and served on the President Bush’s Commission on Service and Civic Participation, as well as on the boards of several non-profit institutions. In 2008, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend.” She is one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor.

For more information about this Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, go to http://www.mcla.edu/publicpolicy, or call (413) 662-5224.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens. For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu.

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