Emil Steiner

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Emil Gregory Steiner
Born (1978-11-30) November 30, 1978 (age 36)
West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation Author and Journalist
Nationality American, Czech
Genre Fiction, Journalism
Notable works "Drunk Driving"[1]

Emil Gregory Steiner (born November 30, 1978) is an American novelist and journalist who currently writes and edits The League[2] -- washingtonpost.com's NFL discussion platform. He has also served as the offbeat news blogger for The Washington Post and as a contributor to MSNBC, Washington Post Radio, NPR, CNN, WPHT and the BBC. He was a member of the newsroom awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for its coverage[3] of the Virginia Tech Massacre. Steiner currently teaches communications and journalism at Temple University.

Steiner is an American, and a descendant of Holocaust survivors, born in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lived in Philadelphia, London, and Prague attending Friends' Central School, in Wynnewood, and the University of Pennsylvania.

After graduating in 2001, he worked as a journalist in Prague, Czech Republic. His first novel, Drunk Driving[4] was published in April, 2005.

Steiner made international news in June 2007 with his live-blogging of Pearson v. Chung,[5] the $54 million pants lawsuit.[6] The case involved DC Administrative Law Judge Roy Pearson suing his dry cleaner for $54 million under the DC consumer protection act after they lost his pants. Steiner's exclusive live-blogging coverage provided the only up-to-the minute reporting from inside the Washington, DC Superior Courthouse.

In October 2007 Steiner published a column “Cry Me a River Ellen Degeneres”.[7] Steiner pointed out that the talk show host’s tears for her dog Iggy may in fact have been damage control.[8]

On November 6, 2007 Washington Post columnist Emil Steiner in his OFF/beat blog[9] reported on the emerging menace/hoax of Jenkem an African drug made from the fumes of raw sewage. In his article "Jenkem Madness?"[10] he cited "a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration [who] insists that 'there are people in America trying [Jenkem].'" The unnamed DEA spokesman stated that the agency had yet to test Jenkem, however volunteering a theory that "hallucinations from methane fumes" are involved. He also labeled any use of Jenkem "dangerous, bad and stupid."

In May 2008, Steiner moved his OFF/beat blog from washingtonpost.com to the online tabloid expressnightout.com.[11]


  1. ^ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drunk-driving-emil-steiner/1007229153
  2. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-league
  3. ^ http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginia-tech-blog-roundup/2007/04/ismail_ax_the_vt_gunmans_final.html
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/1413753302
  5. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20080719173655/http://blog.washingtonpost.com/offbeat/2007/06/judge_pearson_vs_custom_cleane.html
  6. ^ http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11022545
  7. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/1/blog.washingtonpost.com/offbeat/2007/10/cry_me_a_river_ellen_degeneres_1.html
  8. ^ http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0710/17/sbt.01.html
  9. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/2/blog.washingtonpost.com/offbeat/
  10. ^ http://blog.washingtonpost.com/offbeat/2007/11/jenkem_madness_1.html[dead link]
  11. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/201108/expressnightout.com/content/offbeat/

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