A best selling author and popular media commentator, Stephanie Coontz is a professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She also serves as Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families. She is the author of Marriage, A History, a best seller published in 2005, and The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap, and The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families. Ms. Coontz has testified about her research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, DC, and has appeared on such programs as the Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NPR, CNN's Talk Back Live, CBS This Morning, and MSNBC with Brian Williams, as well as in several prime-time television documentaries, including ones hosted by Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, among numerous journals and newspapers, and in 2004, she received the Council on Contemporary Families first-ever Visionary Leadership Award. She also serves as a marriage consultant to The Ladies Home Journal.