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Cokie Roberts Fund

The "Cokie Roberts Fund for WWNO Local Journalism", founded in June of 2022, honors the memory of pioneer NPR news reporter and Louisiana native, Cokie Roberts by building a permanent funding source for radio station WWNO’s local news reporting.

Over the years, despite her demanding schedule, Cokie Roberts stayed in touch, listening regularly to WWNO and supporting the station as a member. In 2012, when WWNO began to assemble a local news staff, Cokie came to New Orleans to introduce our first news director.

Today, with grants from local and national funders, and in collaboration with WRKF in Baton Rouge, our news staff has grown to thirteen reporters, producers, editors, and program hosts—all serving listeners in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and surrounding south Louisiana parishes.

The “Cokie Roberts Fund for WWNO Local Journalism” was created with a leadership gift from Cokie Roberts’ family and is managed by The Greater New Orleans Foundation.

WWNO aims to raise $1 million in additional donations for the Fund to augment the listener contributions and other revenues that will continue to be vital for the station’s service to south Louisiana.

To contribute to the Fund, you can click HERE, or contact Ronald Biava by phone at 504-280-7001 or email at ron@wwno.org.


Cokie Roberts at NPR in 1979
Photo credit: Stan Barouh/NPR
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