David Steele joined Sporting News, the nation’s oldest sports periodical, in 2011. Before that, he was a senior writer at AOL FanHouse, and a sports columnist at the Baltimore Sun and the San Francisco Chronicle. In all, he has been a professional sports journalist for more than 30 years, for news outlets that include Newsday, the National Sports Daily, the New York Post and the St. Petersburg Times.
In 2007 he co-authored Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and won the Nonfiction Honor from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. He also co-authored Four Generations of Color, with pioneering sports agent, major-league baseball scout and collegiate coach Dr. Miles McAfee.
In 2009 he received the Wiley Daniels Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Black Media Workers in Baltimore.
A graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, he has won awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, the Chesapeake Associated Press, the California News Publishers Association, the Florida Sportswriters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
He lives near his hometown of Washington, D.C.
Unique traits: The writing abilities and the story topics I have developed over my three decades as a sports journalist across several platforms, has led me to want to try my hand at writing more non-fiction books in sports and other areas, and to develop short- and long-form documentaries. I am working on proposals and will be looking to pitch them before the end of 2019.
University of Maryland - College Park