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NPR's Roberts to speak

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 5 - September 22, 1994

ABC News and National Public Radio correspondent Cokie Roberts will talk about "The Washington Merry-Go-Round" on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in a speech at Burruss auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Roberts is nationally known for her perspective on Congress and the White House. For 17 years, Roberts has worked as the lead journalist covering Congress for National Public Radio.

"I think the impulse is to trash the Congress, to always tear down the institution," Roberts says. "I'm sorry. I just love the institution. I want it to be better."

Roberts has presented comprehensive reports on voter concerns during Presidential and Congressional election campaigns. She has traveled thousands of miles and interviewed hundreds of citizens on issues such as the economy, the impact of women voters, and the growing power of the people through political action committees.

In addition to her work for NPR and ABC, Roberts can be seen on the television interview program, "This Week with David Brinkley," "Nightline," and "Good Morning America." She is the first broadcast journalist ever to win the prestigious Everett McKinley Dirksen Award, and was nominated for two Emmy Awards in the category of children's programming.

Robert's appearance is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Distinguished Speaker Series. Any person with a disability who desires assistance or accommodations should contact Shauna Bishop at 1-5397.