“I think it’s a good thing to have a lot of voices in the media… you know, let all flowers bloom.”
– Cokie Roberts, 1943-2019
Dear AAPB community,
On behalf of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), I begin this post in memory of Cokie Roberts, a pioneering journalist and author who recently passed away. Cokie Roberts was recognized by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting and in 2008, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend” — one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor.
As a leading figure in the industry, Ms. Roberts shared her expertise as Vice Chair of the AAPB Executive Advisory Council and advocated for the preservation of public media collections. In 2017, she shared her thoughts for the future of public media preservation in our “Preserving Public Media at 50 Years” event at the Library of Congress, the recording for which is available on YouTube. We are grateful for her service, leadership, and encouragement. She left an indelible mark on us all and will be missed.
With Ms. Roberts’ quote in-mind, the AAPB is honored to share in the legacy of letting “voices in the media…bloom” for future generations. Over this past summer, the AAPB team has ingested new collections, made progress on collaborations, and took some time to connect the news of today with public media programs of the past.
We hope you enjoy our Summer 2019 Newsletter — feel free to share the newsletter with your fellow public media fans, and as always, we’d be glad to hear from you! How? Let us know if your local public media organization is not currently in the AAPB, or share one of your favorite AAPB programs with us online at @amarchivepub.
Thanks for being a part of the AAPB community! Till next time, we’ll see you online or on-site in the archive.
Engagement and Use Manager
WGBH Media Library and Archives
American Archive of Public Broadcasting
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