For Steve and Cokie Roberts, over 50 years of marriage have been based on their commonalities rather than their differences. With wit and affection, they reflect on the lessons they’ve learned, sometimes the hard way, about communication, equality, money and love.
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Renowned journalist, Cokie Roberts, named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress (2008), is one of the most esteemed and brilliant broadcast journalists of our time. A New York Times bestselling author, trusted historian on women in America and a sought-after political commentator, Cokie continues to be one of the most popular speakers on the lecture circuit today. In addition to her award-winning political reporting, Cokie serves on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including the National Archives Foundation, the Mayo Clinic, and Save the Children, with whom she has traveled the world and seen the devastation of children living in poverty. She can provide poignant, first-hand accounts on these global issues and on the humanitarian and development efforts of both the private sector and the U.S. government. She is a true champion of causes for women and children around the world and offers presentations that are well researched, thoughtful and truly inspiring.
Steve Roberts has been a journalist for almost 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 twelve presidential election campaigns.
A well-known commentator on many Washington-based TV shows, Roberts also appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network.
From This Day Forward
Drawing from their bestselling book, From This Day Forward, Steve and Cokie share instructive and inspiring’ personal stories of their marriage and offer advice on topics relevant to every couple in America.
A View from Washington
Veterans of the Washington political scene, Steven and Cokie are consummate political analysts and are well placed to explain the politics that dominate the news and affect the lives of all Americans.
American love and marriage can take on many forms, but the basic binding tenets are the same. For Steve and Cokie Roberts, more than 40 years of marriage have been based on their commonalities rather than their differences, such as gender or religion. Cokie, who is Catholic, and Steve, who is Jewish, were counseled by friends over 50 years ago not to marry given their religious differences. They decided instead to base their marriage on partnership, equality, communication, and honesty.
Together they wrote The New York Times bestsellers, From this Day Forward, an account of their more than 50-year marriage and other marriages in American history, where they share personal stories of their marriage and offer advice on topics relevant to every couple in America; and Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families where they share their traditions in this engaging version of the Haggadah for couples and families of mixed faiths.
While Steve and Cokie Roberts are avatars of American marriage, they are unique given their high-profile careers. Ms. Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming. She is also a political commentator for NPR. From 1996-2002 she co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. A bestselling author, her number one bestseller, We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters, is an account of women’s roles and relationships throughout American history. Her other books, Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty (published in 2004 and 2008 respectively) also became instant bestsellers. Her latest book is Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 and is also a bestseller.
Steve Roberts, who has been an award-winning journalist for more than 50 years, often fills in as substitute host of The Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio. He is also a chaired professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. A New York Times Bestselling Author, Steve Roberts has penned numerous bestsellers, including: From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America (2009), which follows the stories of thirteen families in a poignant, eye-opening look at immigration in America today, and My Fathers’ Houses (2005) , which is a memoir of growing up in Bayonne, New Jersey, an immigrant community in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. It is the story of how his father and his grandfather’s dreams—and their own passion for writing and ideas—influenced Steve Roberts’ future, and inspired him to seek his fortune in New York City, the media capital of the world.
Not only are they partners at home, but they are also professional partners. Steve and Cokie Roberts find one voice in their nationally syndicated weekly column focused on political and governmental issues. They are also contributing editors to USA Weekend Magazine.
Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting. In addition to her reporting, Roberts has written six New York Times bestsellers, most dealing with the roles of women in U.S. history.
In addition to her appearances on the airwaves, Roberts, along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country by Universal U Click. The Roberts also wrote two books together: Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families, published in 2011 and From this Day Forward, an account of their now almost fifty year marriage and other marriages in American history. The book immediately went onto The New York Times bestseller list, following Cokie Roberts’s number one bestseller, We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters, an account of American women’s roles and relationships over time. Roberts’s other books: Founding Mothers, published in 2004 and Ladies of Liberty in 2008, along with her recently published Capital Dames, about women and Washington in the Civil War—all also rated as New York Times bestsellers. Roberts' latest release is a lavishly illustrated children's book, Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation.
Cokie Roberts holds more than twenty five honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and President Bush appointed her to his Commission on Service and Civic Participation. In 2008 the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend,” one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor. She is the mother of two and grandmother of six.
Steve Roberts has been a journalist for almost 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 twelve 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 wife, TV journalist Cokie Roberts, write a nationally-syndicated newspaper column that was named one of the ten most popular columns in America by Media Matters. 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 bestseller list. Roberts also writes a bi-monthly column, Hometown, for Bethesda Magazine and is a regular book reviewer and travel writer 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. In 2009 he published From Every End of This Earth, the story of 13 immigrant families and the new lives they've made in America. The book, which was also featured at the National Book Festival, started life in the feature writing course he teaches at GW and is dedicated to his students. In 2011 he wrote Our Haggadah (with his wife Cokie), which was featured on many national TV shows, including This Week and Morning Joe.
A well-known commentator on many Washington-based TV shows, Roberts also appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network and was a substitute host on NPR's Diane Rehm Show. 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 23 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 four honorary doctorates. He's been named a Father of the Year by the Father's Day Council and received the Public Service Sector Award from the Aspen Institute. Steve and Cokie have two children: Lee, a banker in Raleigh, NC, and Rebecca, a program specialist for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, and six grand-children. In his spare time, Roberts plays tennis and roots for his grand-children’s sports teams.