Steven Petrow

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Steven Petrow

Steven Petrow (born July 12, 1957) is an American journalist and author who writes frequently on modern-day etiquette and is frequently referred to as "Mr. Manners."

Life and work[edit]

Journalist Steven Petrow pens the "Civil Behavior" column for The New York Times and also contributes weekly to Parade with his "Manners Hero of the Week" selection. He's the author of four etiquette books, including Steven Petrow's Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners and The New Gay Wedding (both published by Workman). Petrow is also a past president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

An award-winning journalist and author, Petrow started his career at The Wall Street Journal, and has since held senior editorial positions at Life Magazine, HotWired (Wired Magazine), Longevity Magazine (General Media), and Everyday Health (Everyday Health, Inc.). Petrow has contributes regularly to The New York Times (notably his personal essays); other works have appeared in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times,, the Advocate, Yahoo! Shine and the Daily Beast. He is also the former president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Petrow’s previous books include Dancing Against the Darkness (Macmillan, 1990); When Someone You Know Has AIDS (Crown, 1993); The HIV Drug Book (Pocket, 1995); and The Lost Hamptons (Arcadia, 2004). His next book tackles the thorny questions of Digital Manners in the 21st century. In 2009, he launched the website, which offers his unique brand of advice on manners questions the LGBT community faces on a daily basis. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Duke University, an MA, and C.Phil from the University of California, Berkeley.

Awards and Prizes[edit]

Petrow is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Webby and those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Media Appearances[edit]

Petrow appears regularly on national television and radio and online as a manners expert, including MSNBC, Fox, CNN, NPR, PBS, and Sirius radio, among others.


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