Emil Steiner

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Emil Gregory Steiner
Born (1978-11-30) November 30, 1978 (age 38)
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, journalist, and media scholar studying binge-watching at Temple University's School of Media and Communication where he also teaches journalism. Prior to entering the academy, Steiner was the founding editor of The League[2] -- washingtonpost.com's NFL discussion platform. He 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 is an American, and a descendant of Holocaust survivors, born in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended 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] He received a Master of Journalism degree from Temple University in 2011, where he now studies the rituals, motives, and feelings of binge-watchers.


  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. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/201108/expressnightout.com/content/offbeat/

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