American love and marriage can take on many forms, but the basic binding tenets are the same. For Steve and Cokie Roberts, more than 35 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 35 years ago not to marry given their religious differences. They decided instead to base their marriage on partnership, equality, communication, and honesty.
While Steve and Cokie are avatars of American marriage, they are unique given their high-profile careers. Cokie is the chief congressional analyst for ABC News and served as the co-anchor of This Week With Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts for eight years. She also serves as a news analyst for National Public Radio. Steve, who has been an award-winning journalist for more than 30 years, appears regularly on public television's Washington Week, CNN's Late Edition and the ABC radio network. He is also a chaired professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.