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about steven petrow

Steven Petrow is a respected journalist and the go-to source for modern manners, as cited by The New York Times, People, Time, and NPR. Known as “Mr. Manners,” his usually gentle, often humorous, but always insightful advice has made him a nationally recognized expert. In addition to his five etiquette books, Steven writes a weekly manners column for the Washington Post (“Civil Behavior”), Parade (“Manners Hero”), and Everyday Health (“Medical Manners”).

Mr. Petrow is an etiquette professional whose work helps people navigate an ever-changing and evolving social landscape. He educates his audiences with the simple principles of human kindness and respect and demonstrates how much language matters in our personal relationships and digital communications. Mr. Petrow regularly brings his “civility with a point of view” to numerous media outlets with appearances on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, and Fox News, among others.

Mr. Petrow began his career at the Wall Street Journal and has held senior editorial positions at Wired, Time Inc. and most recently Everyday Health. He has contributed to The Atlantic, Salon, the Daily Beast, the Los Angeles Times, and The Advocate, among other media outlets. He’s also the former president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. Among his books are: Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life; The New Gay Wedding: A Practical Primer for Brides and Grooms, Their Families and Guests; When Someone You Know Has AIDS: A Practical Guide; and the upcoming Mind Your Digital Manners: Navigating Life in an Age Without Rules. Follow Mr. Petrow on Twitter at @StevenPetrow and “Like” him on Facebook.

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