CC@H Guest Speakers Series:
Cokie’s Journey: A Life Well-Lived with Steve Roberts
Wednesday, June 14
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Steve Roberts will reflect and share stories about the extraordinary life and legacy of his wife of 53 years, legendary journalist Cokie Roberts, who was a trailblazer for women. Through her visibility and celebrity, Cokie Roberts was an inspiration and a role model for innumerable women and girls. A fixture on national television and radio for more than 40 years, she also wrote five bestselling books focusing on the role of women in American history. Cokie had many roles in her lifetime: Daughter. Wife. Mother. Journalist. Advocate. Historian. Steve will talk about how Cokie lived each day with a devotion to helping others in addition to her many accomplishments. For Steve, Cokie’s private life was as significant and inspirational as her public one. Her commitment to celebrating and supporting other women was evident in everything she did, and her generosity and passion drove her personal and professional endeavors. Steve will share stories from Cokie, A Life Well-Lived. In these stories, he has a simple goal: “To tell stories. Some will make you cheer or laugh or cry. And some, I hope, will inspire you to be more like Cokie, to be a good person, to lead a good life.”
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. Since 1997, Roberts has been the Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, where he has taught for the last 31 years.
Steve also remains a practicing journalist and author. He serves as the chief political analyst for ABC Radio and writes a nationally-syndicated newspaper column. He also contributes regular columns to Bethesda Magazine and reviews books for the Washington Post. He has written eight books. His latest book, published in the fall of 2021, is “Cokie: A Life Well-Lived”. Major media coverage included NPR, ABC, CNN and PBS. The Washington Post called it ‘encouraging and enlightening’ and the New York Times recommended the audio version, which Steve recorded himself.
Steve and Cokie had two children: Lee, a banker in Raleigh, NC, and Rebecca, a museum specialist and book author in Washington, and six grandchildren. In his spare time, Roberts plays tennis and roots for his grandchildren's sports teams.
Via Zoom. Open to All.
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