Steve Bates' Experience


  • Author of two science fiction novels and several short stories.
  • Experienced writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and the web.
  • Reporter and editor for The Washington Post.
  • Received awards for reporting, editing and a self-published book.
  • Appeared on television and radio programs.
  • Managed staffs as large as 12 persons.


  • 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 fiction storytelling and journalism.
  • Editing: Experienced in handling deadline-driven and in-depth content

Journalism Awards

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


Science fiction novel "Castle of Sand" was published in 2023. "Back to You," a humorous sci-fi story, was released in 2021. Steve's nonfiction book, “The Seeds of Spring: Lessons from the Garden,” won two awards.


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