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Steven Roberts, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur
City Alderman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Maroon, White
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California; Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/11/1952
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur
City Alderman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Maroon, White
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California; Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/11/1952
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Entrepreneur Steven Craig Roberts was born on April 11, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Delores Talley Roberts and Victor Roberts. Roberts grew up the second of four siblings, and was particularly close to his brother, Michael V. Roberts. The family was educated in the St. Louis Public School System, and Roberts began working early on, earning money working around the neighborhood and delivering newspapers.

Roberts attended Clark University in Massachusetts as a Danforth Fellow, and initially considered a career either in the ministry or in medicine. Roberts instead began studying at Washington University in St. Louis to get his law degree. In 1974, while he was attending law school, his brother Michael began Roberts-Roberts and Associates, which became a business and construction management firm in St. Louis.

Roberts graduated with dual J.D. and M.A. degrees in 1978, and the following year, ran to become an alderman in St. Louis, joining his brother Michael who had been elected two years previously. Roberts was the youngest person to become an alderman in St. Louis, where he served along with his brother, Michael, and longtime friends Mike Jones, Virvus Jones and Wayman Smith; he held this position until 1993. During his terms as alderman, Roberts was the chief sponsor of the St. Louis Center and Union Station developments in St. Louis, and was particularly involved with major redevelopment projects for the city.

In 1981, Roberts and his brother began Roberts Broadcasting, a new branch of the duo’s business empire. After establishing WRBU-TV in St. Louis, the Roberts brothers would go on to build eleven more successful television stations across the country, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Mobile, Alabama. During the building of these stations, the Roberts became more familiar with the business behind construction, inspiring the founding of Roberts Construction Company in 1989. This additional holding supplemented a growing commercial and residential development company the brothers established in 1982 known as Roberts Brothers Properties, an organization that has processed more than $25 million in redevelopment.

In 1999, the first Sprint PCS-affiliated Roberts Wireless store opened in Jefferson City, Missouri, the only PCS company that is entirely African American-owned in the country. Today, the Roberts Companies are a $460 million, thirty-four-company organization; these companies include an aviation division, a gated Bahamas community and real estate development. Roberts serves as president of the company, while his brother Mike serves as chairman of the board. Roberts has also served on the board of directors of Pulaski Financial Corporation, an independent, community-based bank based in St. Louis, since 2006.

Roberts is married to Eva Frazer, M.D.; the couple has three children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Steven Roberts, Sr.'s interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Steven Roberts, Sr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his maternal grandfather's ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his maternal grandmother's ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Steven Roberts, Sr. remembers his maternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Steven Roberts, Sr. talks about the history of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his mother's community in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Steven Roberts, Sr. talks about his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes the early years of his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Steven Roberts, Sr. remembers his parents' catering business
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Steven Roberts, Sr. reflects upon his upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls auditioning at the Orpheum Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his mother's teaching career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his paternal grandmother's ancestry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his paternal grandmother's ancestry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his father's maternal relatives
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his paternal grandfather's ancestry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes how his paternal grandparents met
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his paternal family's move to St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his father's service in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his father's contribution to The Roberts Companies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls moving to San Francisco Court in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes the tourism industry in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls his early childhood in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes the San Francisco Court community in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Steven Roberts, Sr. remembers Scullin Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls his early experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his classmates at Scullin Elementary School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls his teachers at Scullin Elementary School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes Northwest High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls his activities at Northwest High School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his early civil rights activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Steven Roberts, Sr. talks about the St. Louis Public Schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Steven Roberts, Sr. remembers the civil rights groups in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes the Veiled Prophet Organization, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Steven Roberts, Sr. remembers the Veiled Prophet Fair
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes the Veiled Prophet Organization, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes the American Youth Foundation camps, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes the American Youth Foundation camps, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Steven Roberts, Sr. reflects upon his experiences at Camp Miniwanca in Shelby, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls his interest in universities on the East Coast
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Steven Roberts, Sr. talks about D'Army Bailey
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls matriculating at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Steven Roberts, Sr. remembers studying abroad in Ghana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Steven Roberts, Sr. remembers his studies at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls his brother's interest in seminary school
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his religious background
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his relationship with his brother
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Steven Roberts, Sr. reflects upon his time at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls his admission to the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Steven Roberts, Sr. remembers the Washington University School of Law, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Steven Roberts, Sr. remembers the Washington University School of Law, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his connection to Clarence Thomas
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Steven Roberts, Sr. talks about Clarence Thomas and Alan Keyes
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Steven Roberts, Sr. reflects upon his networking opportunities
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his early work for the St. Louis Board of Aldermen
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes the structure of the St. Louis City Council
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes his experiences as an alderman in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Steven Roberts, Sr. reflects upon his service on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Steven Roberts, Sr. talks about the mayors of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Steven Roberts, Sr. describes the founding of Roberts-Roberts and Associates
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Steven Roberts, Sr. recalls applying for a license from the Federal Communications Commission
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Steven Roberts, Sr. narrates his photographs