Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Check out that smile

I love this photo of Cokie Roberts, taken by Ken Davis as she signed books at Wichita State University's Metroplex. She was on an author's tour to promote her latest book, an updated version of her best-selling "We Are Our Mothers' Daughters," and I was impressed with how generous she was with her time. She gives off a definite vibe that she doesn't suffer fools gladly, but she was warm and kind to the fans who approached her at her many campus events. After all the years she's spent on NPR and ABC, they feel like they know her, and she responded in kind.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The "Cokie show" is ready!

From Martha Washington's legacy to Michelle Obama's future, from watching her mother cook for 1,500 wedding guests to analyzing sexism in presidential politics — Cokie Roberts told one fascinating story after another during her recent two-day visit to Wichita State University.

Two of Robert's campus appearances (her sold-out speech at the Metroplex and "Conversation With The Provost" Q & A) were captured on video and are featured in the newest episode of "Wichita State & The World." The show debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7 on WSU-TV, Cox Cable Ch. 13, with repeats at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 10; 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21; and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 24.

Roberts, a longtime ABC political commentator and National Public Radio senior news analyst, was brought to campus by KMUW-FM 89.1. She made appeals to listeners on air during the station's spring pledge drive.

For more on "Wichita State & The World," which is hosted by Provost Gary L. Miller, go to www.wichita.edu/provost.