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A respected journalist, Steven’s frequently sought after by the media as a guest and has appeared on CNN, NPR, PBS, and Sirius radio, among others. He started his career at The Wall Street Journal and has since held senior editorial positions at Time Inc. and Life magazine, HotWired (Wired magazine), and most recently Everyday Health.

Steven is the author/editor of more than a dozen books including Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners (Workman, 2011) and The Lost Hamptons (Arcadia, 2004). He covered the HIV/AIDS epidemic for more than two decades and has published four related books including: Dancing Against the Darkness: The Story of People with AIDS, Their Friends, Families and Communities (Lexington; 1990) and When Someone You Know Has AIDS (Crown; 1993).

Steven also has another life as a digital pioneer and evangelist — he’s been the founder and editorial/creative director of some of the most visited and acclaimed health and lifestyle sites and services on the Web. These include, South Beach Diet Online,,, Everyday Health, and others. To boot, he’s got a Webby and a host of other awards in his closet.

Currently, Steven is a board member of the Orange County Literacy Council as well as the co-founder of the Petrow-Freeman Documentary Award, a prize given each year at Duke University to an aspiring documentarian.

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