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Steve Bates' Experience


  • Experienced writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and the web.
  • Reporter and editor for The Washington Post for 14 years.
  • Received awards for reporting, editing and a self-published book.
  • Appeared on television and radio programs.
  • Managed staffs as large as 12 persons.


  • Short Science Fiction writer, 2012 to present
  • Freelance writer and editor, based in Washington, D.C., area, 2012 to 2018
  • Manager of Online Editorial Content, Society for Human Resource Management, Alexandria, Va. Wrote for, edited, and managed HR News, a leading employment news website from 2006 to 2012. Senior writer for SHRM’s HR Magazine, 2001 to 2006
  • Senior Editor, AARP Bulletin, Washington, D.C. Planned, assigned, edited, and wrote articles for national monthly newspaper, 1998 to 2001
  • Senior Associate Editor, Nation’s Business Magazine, Washington, D.C. Staff writer and copy editor for the national monthly magazine from 1997 to 1998.
  • Reporter and Editor, The Washington Post. Covered government, politics, transportation, and education issues on Metro staff, based in Virginia, 1988 to 1997. Copy editor, with some night city editor shifts, 1983 to 1988. Staff writer and copy editor for the national monthly magazine from 1997 to 1998.


  • Writing: Demonstrated expertise in business news, general news, and features
  • Editing: Experienced in handling deadline-driven and in-depth content
  • Applications: Mastered various online posting systems and Photoshop


  • Jesse H. Neal Award, best magazine news section, 2009
  • Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, investigative reporting (shared), 1990


“The Seeds of Spring: Lessons from the Garden” (Breaking Ground Books, 2010); won Garden Writers Association silver award in 2011 and International Book Award in 2012.


B.A. in government, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.

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