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  Steven Beschloss
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  An award-winning writer, editor and filmmaker, I have handled such diverse subjects as luxury travel, art and architecture, film and TV, urban affairs and politics, business and economics. I have lived and worked in New York (5 years), London (2 years), Helsinki (4 years), Moscow (6 months) and Los Angeles (7 years). I have contributed stories to The New York Times, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Parade Magazine, The Village Voice, TV Guide, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, American Way and many other print and online outlets. My film work has been sold to more than two 20 countries and translated into more than a dozen languages. What else? I have authored two books and provide strategic communications consulting. Check out my website for more: www.stevenbeschloss.com.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Director 12 Years
Editor 12 Years
Writer 30 Years
Specialty
Travel 10 Years
Business (general) 15 Years
International 20 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
28 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
The Ritz-Carlton magazine (11+), Private Clubs (6-10), The Economist Intelligence Unit (6-10), Arizona Republic (6-10), Four Seasons Magazine (6-10), American Way Magazine (3-5), Forward Magazine/Global Pespective (3-5), Lexus Magazine (3-5), M Life Magazine (1-2), National Geographic Traveler (1-2), entrepreneur.com (1-2), The New Republic (1-2), The New Yorker (1-2), Variety (1-2), PARADE Magazine (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
nonprofit science foundation (11+), international luxury real estate ad firm (3-5)
Other Work History
Managing Executive Editor, McMurry 2005-2008
Managing Director, Media Wave Consulting, 2001-2005
Managing Director, Wide Eye Pictures, 1997-2003
Senior Editor at Norman Lear's Channels Magazine
Staff Writer, Crain's NY Business
Special Projects Writer, The Virginian-Pilot
Foreign Language Skills
Finnish
Work Permits & Visas
American and European passports
Awards
*Outstanding Profile, American Society of Journalists and Authors, runnerup, 2010
*Silver Folio: Eddie award, The Ritz-Carlton magazine, for top overall editorial, (managing executive editor)
*Gold Mercury Award, documentary/ promo, Snapshot:The Making of a Fashion Photo Shoot for The Ritz-Carlton Magazine," (writer/director/producer)
*"Paris" selected for feature competition of Tribeca Film Festival, (co-writer/ co-producer)
*The Miracle" premiered at Pompidou Centre in Paris and first broadcast by ARTE in France and Germany (writer, on-camera lead, filmed in Russia)
*Best Feature, Natl. Assoc. of Area Bus. Pubs for Crain's NY Business, "A Broken Trust: Blacks in Corporate New York" (writer)
*Nominated for Pulitzer Prize by editors of The Virginian Pilot for "The South's Broken Promise," a 25,000-word series, (writer)
*Third Prize, Feature Reporting, Southern Journalism Awards, Institute for Southern Studies (writer)
*UPI Journalist of the Year in Virginia, 1988
Associations
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Other
--MSJ, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism
--London School of Economics, graduate program in social and economic history
--B.A. in Sociology, Haverford College
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Phoenix, AZ. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
(Four Seasons Magazine , 6/10/2014)
A portrait of Los Angeles told through profiles of six LA residents who are passionate about their work and their city.
(The New Republic, 11/10/2013)
Adapted excerpt from my recent book "The Gunman and His Mother" exploring Lee Harvey Oswald and his fractured family background.
(The New Yorker, 7/19/2013)
This is a history of Rube Goldberg machines and a profile of the mad inventor himself. His work followed the basic notion of using maximum effort to achieve minimal results.
(Four Seasons Magazine, 1/1/2013)
Learn how St. Petersburg maintains and expands one of the world's largest and oldest museums--with help from friends in Russia, New York, London and beyond. This feature story is about reinventing an international brand to make its identity contemporary and relevant.
(Four Seasons Magazine, 3/1/2012)
A lead feature about the influence of Russian writers on Moscow, past and present, and the places they called home.
(PARADE Magazine, 7/4/2010)
A 600-word Q&A with Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the co-chairs of the President's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Ran in PARADE's Intelligence Report.
(Variety, 3/5/2010)
A look at the newly opened $8.5 billion real estate development of high-end hotels, condos, restaurants and shopping -- and its ambitious aim to reboot Las Vegas.
(Four Seasons Magazine, 10/1/2009)
A featured profile of the iconic fashion design firm from Finland and the poignant story of its young CEO, a former banker who suffered a brain tumor before he acquired Marimekko.
(American Way Magazine, 7/15/2009)
Feature profiling Jerry Stark, one of America's only professional croquet players--and one of the best in the world. How did this former auto assembly worker make it happen? He followed his dream.
(Four Seasons Magazine, 3/25/2009)
Feature profile of Greg Mortenson, the bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea and 2009 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
(Lexus Magazine, 2/1/2009)
Profile of cinematographer Matthew Libatique (Iron Man, Requiem for a Dream, Inside Man).
(The Ritz-Carlton magazine, 7/1/2007)
Narrative travel feature exploring the dramatic emergence of a luxury lifestyle in Moscow, Russia.
(The Ritz-Carlton magazine, 3/1/2007)
Narrative feature describing a reinvigorated London, in art, architecture, dining and more.
Editorial Direction  
(The Ritz-Carlton Magazine, 3/1/2008)
Assigned and edited this look at the inside workings and global empire of Cirque du Soleil--and how it has revived a fading tradition with a universal sense of drama, passion and death-defying hard work.
(The Ritz-Carlton Magazine, 4/1/2006)
Assigned and edited this feature exploration of the new China, in art, architecture and urban development, from one of the leading experts on China
Video/film/audio Production  
(Lexus Magazine web exclusive , 2/1/2009)
Images of Sarajevo and the Sarajevo Film Festival combined with audio commentary from award-winning Indian film critic Meenakshi Shedde, based on my interview with Shedde.
(9/1/2008)
Wrote and directed this video promo for a feature film, the story of two foreign actors trying to make it in Hollywood. Based on a true story, played by the actual actors who are the biggest stars in their home country.
(1/1/2008)
A destination teaser--to inspire travelers to head north of the Arctic Circle. Written and directed.
(The Ritz-Carlton Magazine/McMurry, 11/1/2006)
Directed, produced and wrote this award-winning, four-minute digital video/documentary that shows how a magazine fashion photo shoot is created by an art team. Seen here in Windows Media format. QT available.
More Work Samples  
(Forward Magazine, 6/1/2013)
A China feature looking at why and how age, skilled labor and polluted water threaten the country's economy and political stability.
(National Geographic Traveler, 4/1/2011)
"Go Now" column on Turku, Finland, the 2011 European Capital of Culture
(MGM Mirage/M Magazine, 12/15/2009)
An inside look at the origin and inspiration for CityCenter in Las Vegas, based on an interview with MGM Mirage CEO Jim Murren.
(The Ritz-Carlton Magazine, 3/1/2009)
A brief roundup of film festivals from around the world, including Tribeca in New York, L.A., Cannes, Moscow and Shanghai.
(The Ritz-Carlton Magazine, 1/1/2009)
A brief roundup of inspiring literary homes, from London to Moscow, Key West to L.A.
(Entrepreneur Magazine Web Exclusive, 12/12/2008)
An economic trend piece that places the current economic troubles into a historical context, decade by decade, beginning with the 1930s.
(The Ritz-Carlton magazine, 8/1/2008)
A brief roundup of great train stations, from Istanbul to Berlin, Kyoto to London, Washington to L.A.
(Vim & Vigor, 8/1/2007)
A first-person feature, from a father's perspective, on dealing with my daughter's type 1 diabetes.
(WSJ, 3/27/2003)
WSJ op-ed
(San Francisco Chronicle)
(The New Republic)