Bio

 

For three decades, Steven Beschloss has created award-winning content, as a writer, journalist, editor and filmmaker. Consistent in this work is a passion for writing and a belief in the transformative power of story.

As a writer and journalist -- from the U.S. and Europe -- his writing on international and urban affairs, politics, economics, art and culture has been published by The New Yorker,  The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, Smithsonian, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Parade Magazine, National Geographic, The Economist Intelligence Unit and dozens of other print and online outlets. He's been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, selected Journalist of the Year in Virginia, and honored with a magazine writing award by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He is the author of the narrative book, The Gunman and His Mother: Lee Harvey Oswald, Marguerite Oswald and The Making of an Assassin, a bestselling Amazon Kindle Single. He is also the co-author of Adrift: Charting Our Course Back to a Great Nation (Prometheus Books), a featured guest on MSNBC, Fox Business and NPR, and he writes and publishes America, America, a thrice-weekly newsletter focused on politics and society, democracy and justice.

In addition, Steven directs the Narrative Storytelling Initiative at Arizona State University and is a Professor of Practice in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Global Futures, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Between 2005 and 2008, Steven enhanced his editorial experience as a Managing Executive Editor for The Ritz-Carlton Magazine, with a particular focus on international travel, art and architecture. He created the concept and served as the founding editor of 6 magazine, an experiential travel and luxury lifestyle publication. Working as an editorial manager for a leading custom media firm, he co-managed a staff of 32 editors and art directors producing more than a dozen magazine titles and other digital content. He also has moderated national and regional panels on such topics as cities and urban change, global leadership and trade, and writing  and publishing. 

Since the mid-'90s, Steven expanded his storytelling skills to film and video. Taking on various roles as a scriptwriter, producer and director, he has made documentary and fiction films for European television, including The Miracle, shot in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the French-German ARTE channel and first screened at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. In 2003, he co-wrote and co-produced Paris, a noir thriller shot in L.A. and Las Vegas that premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival, was acquired by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, sold to more than 20 countries, and aired for nearly two years on the Showtime movie channels.

In addition, Steven has worked with leading brands and their partners to help shape their media profiles and tell their stories -- in print, online, in video -- as a writer, editorial manager and communications strategist. This has included high-end hotel brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons and MGM Resorts, and other global enterprises such as The North Face, the RAND Corp. and Science Foundation Ireland. He also has worked with start-ups and emerging enterprises to define and develop their brands. 

A Chicago native and married father of two daughters, Steven has lived and worked in New York, London, Helsinki, Moscow and Los Angeles (among other U.S. locales). He is a graduate of Haverford College, earned his master's degree at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and spent a year studying economic history in the graduate school of the London School of  Economics. He currently resides in Arizona.

(Resume and list of awards are available upon request.)

 

 

 

Steven Beschloss

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