Steven V. Roberts

Steven Roberts
Title:
J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs; columnist, TV and radio analyst, best-selling author
Office:
415
Phone:
202-994-0235
Email:
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Journalism; Political Communication; Media, Society, and Politics: Media Ethics; Immigration

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 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 best-seller list. Roberts also writes a bi-monthly column, Hometown, for Bethesda Magazine and is a regular book reviewer 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 co-authored “Our Haggadah” with his wife Cokie, which was featured on many national TV shows, including "This Week", "Charlie Rose" and "Morning Joe." In 2016 he published his sixth book, a history of the Washington suburbs Bethesda and Chevy Chase.

As a broadcaster, Roberts is the chief political analyst for 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 the George Washington University, where he has taught for the last 26 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. 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 grandchildren's sports teams.

Education

B.A. Government, Harvard University, 1964

Publications

Books

Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families. Steven V. Roberts and Cokie Roberts. (2011). HarperCollins Publishers. 

From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America. (2009). HarperCollins Publishers.

My Fathers' Houses: Memoir of a Family. (2005). HarperCollins Publishers.

From This Day Forward. Steven V. Roberts and Cokie Roberts. (2000). HarperCollins Publishers.

Classes Taught

SMPA 3243, Feature Writing
SMPA 4199, Ethics in Journalism
SMPA 3428, Media, Politics, and Government

Steven Roberts

Faculty Soundbite: Steven Roberts

"As a journalist, you hold other people's lives in your hands."

J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs Steven V. Roberts shares his greatest regret in his 30-year career in journalism and how telling the story to students illustrates the importance not being ethical, fair, and humane as a journalist.

The Faculty Soundbites Series reveals the most captivating and rewarding aspects of SMPA professors' work in the field and in the classroom.

Selected Media Clips: Steven Roberts

Guest host on the "The Diane Rehm Show" May 9, 13, and 15. NPR.