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Steven V. Roberts Faculty Member

Steven V. Roberts Professor, reporter, columnist, best-selling author Steve Roberts has been a journalist for more than 50 years, covering some of the major events of his time, from the antiwar movement and student revolts of the 60s and 70s to President Reagan’s historic trip to Moscow in 1988 and thirteen presidential election campaigns. After graduating from Harvard magna cum laude in 1964, he joined the New York Times as research assistant to James ‘Scotty’ Reston, then the paper’s Washington bureau chief. His 25-year career with the Times included assignments as bureau chief in Los Angeles and Athens, and as Congressional and White House correspondent. He was a senior writer at U.S. News for seven years, specializing in national politics and foreign policy. Roberts and his late wife, TV journalist Cokie Roberts, wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column that was named one of the ten most popular columns in America by Media Matters, and Roberts continues to write the column under his own name. In February of 2000 Steve and Cokie published From This Day Forward, an account of their marriage, as well as other marriages in American history. The New York Times called the book “inspiring and instructive” and it spent seven weeks on the Times best-seller list. Roberts also writes a bi-monthly column, Hometown, for Bethesda Magazine; and as a life-long baseball fan, he reviews sports books for the Washington Post. His childhood memoir, My Fathers’ Houses, was published in the spring of 2005 and was featured at the National Book Festival in Washington. His book from Every End of This Earth, published in October, 2009, profiles 13 families that have recently emigrated to America. Two of the subjects were families of students he taught at GW. and the book is dedicated to his GW students. The Post called it “compassionate and engaging” and it was also featured at the National Book Festival. In 2016 Roberts published his sixth book, Images of America: Bethesda and Chevy Chase (Arcadia), a short history of the community where he's lived for more than 40 years. His newest book, Pawleys Island (Arcadia), also in the Images of America series, was published in July of 2018. In November of 2021 Steve published Cokie: A Life-Well-Lived, a biography of his late wife and appeared on ABC, NPR, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, and many other national platforms to discuss it. Library Journal called it "a highly readable and immensely heartwarming biography" and it made Bethesda Magazine's bestseller list for the Washington DC area. As a broadcaster, Roberts appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network . As a teacher, he lectures widely on American politics and the role of the news media. Since 1997 he has been the Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, where he has taught for the last 31 years. His many honors include the Dirksen Award for covering Congress, the Wilbur Award for reporting on religion and politics, the Bender prize as one of GW’s top undergraduate teachers, and six honorary degrees. Steve and Cokie have two children: Lee, an investment banker in North Carolina, and Rebecca, a museum specialist in Washington, and six grand-children. In his spare time, Roberts is an avid tennis player and roots for his grandchildren's sports teams.. February 2022

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