A New York Times Bestselling Author: Steve Roberts
Your Grandmother Never Says “No Comment”
(Tuesday, November 12, 8:30 am)
Steve Roberts is a passionate advocate for the importance of capturing life stories, as evidenced by his presentation’s title (also one of his favorite sayings). He believes wholeheartedly that recapturing and recording the tales of our elders—so often in danger of being lost otherwise—is one of the best gifts you can give your family.
As a journalist with the New York Times and U.S. News, Steve always looked for the personal stories behind the headlines. Eventually turning to his own life, Steve and his wife, Cokie Roberts of NPR’s Morning Edition, published the bestselling book From This Day Forward (2000)—a personal account of their marriage and others in American history. In 2005, he wrote My Fathers’ Houses, a memoir of growing up in New Jersey and the ways in which children of immigrants inherit the dreams of their parents and grandparents. As a professor at George Washington University, he came to realize that many families today were living the same immigration story. This led to the publication of From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America (2009). Both of these immigrant studies were featured at the National Book Festival. In 2011, Steve again partnered with his wife, Cokie, to write Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families.
Steven’s 25-year career with the Times included assignments as bureau chief in Los Angeles and Athens and as Congressional and White House correspondent. As a teacher, he lectures widely on American politics and the role of the news media today. 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 George Washington University’s top undergraduate teachers, and four honorary doctorates. He also is a widely read and respected columnist, as well as a TV and radio analyst.