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Into the Life and Work of Steve Bates

Experienced Writer+ Editor

Steve Bates

Steve Bates is an experienced writer and editor. He has been a reporter and editor for The Washington Post as well as for other newspapers, magazines, and the web. He has a wide range of expertise in business news, general news, and feature writing. He has retired from the news business and is now writing science fiction full time.

Steve has won numerous awards for his work, including a Jesse H. Neal Award for business journalism in 2009 and an investigative reporting award in 1990 for team coverage of riots in Virginia Beach, Va. His career began as a correspondent for the Richmond News Leader while he was a student at the College of William and Mary.

Steve’s book, "The Seeds of Spring: Lessons from the Garden," was published in 2010. He has appeared on the “New York Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough” and dozens of radio programs. "The Seeds of Spring" earned an award from the Garden Writers Association and won an International Book Award. View the Book!

His blog, “In Sight”, was launched in 2013. He has published several works of short fiction in print and online, including:

  • "Rescue Me"
  • "The Patient"
  • "Gills"
  • "Mostly a Question of Molecular Bonds"
  • "Welcome to Your Dream House"
  • "Lost and Found"
  • "The Present"
  • "Straw Man"
  • "The Singularity of Louisa Lindsay"

Please visit his Science Fiction page for a sneak peek!

Steve has covered national political events and has written many hard news articles. In addition, he excels at writing human interest stories.

He learned of two boys who needed life-saving transplants. A surgeon in Philadelphia sliced an adult donor’s liver in half and saved both boys’ lives. But there was more to the story: Steve related the inspiring manner in which the two very different families—one from Bolivia, one from rural America—bonded while their children were in surgery.

Listen to Steve discuss his writing projects in this podcast.

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