Well-known journalist Steve Roberts is scheduled to speak on November 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the CE Forum on the Annandale Campus. This is a Lyceum event and is free and open to all.
Roberts has been a journalist for more than 45 years, covering some of the major events of his time, from the antiwar movement and student revolts of the 60s and 70s to President Ronald Reagan’s historic trip to Moscow in 1988 and 11 presidential election campaigns.
After graduating from Harvard University 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 & World Report 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 10 most popular columns in America by Media Matters. In February 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-Sellers List.
Roberts also writes a bimonthly column, “Hometown,” for the Bethesda Magazine and, as a lifelong 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, D.C. His latest book, “From Every End of This Earth,” was published in October 2009.
As a broadcaster, Roberts appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network and is a substitute host on National Public Radio’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 The George Washington University (GWU), where he has taught for the last 19 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 GWU’s top undergraduate teachers and four honorary doctorates.
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