"A deep personal loss" Pelosi on Cokie Roberts

"Today is a sad day for America. The passing of Cokie Roberts is a great official loss for our nation and a deep personal loss for all who are blessed to call Cokie a friend," said U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The funeral mass for the broadcaster and political analyst was held at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, DC on Saturday (September 21).

Her husband Steve Roberts remembered his wife as always finding her deepest joy in her family. "Opening her heart and her arms and making the world around her a better, brighter, place. What a beautiful smile, what a beautiful spirit, what a beautiful life," her husband said.

U.S. journalist Cokie Roberts, regarded by National Public Radio as one of its "founding mothers" and a prominent political commentator on ABC News, died on Tuesday at 75 at her Washington home from complications of breast cancer, her family said. Roberts worked in radio as a foreign correspondent for CBS and a congressional correspondent for NPR in the 1970s. She went on to become ABC's chief congressional analyst.