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Steven Beschloss, Senior Director for Narrative Development, President’s Office, and Professor of Practice

Email: Steven.Beschloss@asu.edu
Office: Room 483
Phone: 602.496.4210

Steven Beschloss is an award-winning writer, editor, journalist and filmmaker. He is a professor of practice at the Cronkite School, a senior director for narrative development with media relations and the ASU President’s Office, and leader of a narrative storytelling initiative across the university.

His articles and essays on economics and politics, urban and international affairs, art, culture and education—from the U.S. and Europe—have been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, Smithsonian, The Economist/Economist Intelligence Unit, National Geographic Traveler and dozens of other print and online outlets.

Beschloss has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, selected Journalist of the Year in Virginia and honored for his magazine writing by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He has been a featured guest on MSNBC, Fox Business and NPR, and recently quoted on politics and culture by the BBC, Time, The Guardian and USA Today, among others.

Beschloss has authored two recent books, including "Adrift: Charting Our Course Back to a Great Nation" with co-author William Harris, and "The Gunman and His Mother: Lee Harvey Oswald, Marguerite Oswald, and The Making of an Assassin,” which is the basis for a television series currently under development.

His fiction and non-fiction film work as writer and producer (from Finland, France, Russia and the U.S.) has been translated into more than a dozen languages and seen and sold in nearly two dozen countries. This includes “The Miracle,” shot in post-Soviet St. Petersburg and broadcast by the French-German ARTE channel, about an American TV journalist who goes to Russia with the impossible assignment of filming a miracle; and “Paris,” a noir thriller which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and screened for two years on Showtime movie channels.

In a newspaper career that started as a feature writer at the Beaver County Times in Western Pennsylvania and continued as a special projects writer at the Virginian Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, Beschloss’ first international byline was in The New York Times, dateline London. He subsequently contributed stories from overseas to The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice and others.

In addition, Beschloss has served as a New York-based magazine editor covering television and media, managing director of a Los Angeles-based media relations firm, executive managing editor of a Phoenix-based magazine publisher and co-director of a Helsinki-based film and TV company.

A Chicago native and married father of two daughters, he is a graduate of Haverford College in Sociology and earned his master's degree at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He also studied for one year in the graduate program in Economic History at the London School of Economics. His personal website is www.stevenbeschloss.com.