Steven Beschloss

Scottsdale, AZ USA

Professional Experience

An award-winning writer, editor and filmmaker, I have handled such diverse subjects as business and econmics, urban affairs and politics, travel, culture and education. 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 Yorker, The New Republic, The Economist and its Economnist Intelligence Unit, Smithsonian, 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, provide strategic consulting and work with executives to expand their thought leadership by crafting op-eds, articles, essays and other content. Check out my website for more:


20 Years
25 Years
32 Years


Business (general)
25 Years
20 Years
10 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
25 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
30 Years
Independent Feature Film
15 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

30 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

The Economist/Economist Intelligence Unit (10+), Arizona Republic (6-10), Forward Magazine/Global Thought Leader (6-10), Four Seasons Magazine (6-10), The Ritz-Carlton magazine (3-5), Private Clubs (3-5), American Way Magazine (3-5), Smithsonian Magazine online (3-5), PARADE Magazine (1-2), Variety (1-2), The New Republic (1-2), The New Yorker (1-2), (1-2), Lexus Magazine (1-2), M Life Magazine (1-2), National Geographic Traveler (3-5)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

nonprofit science foundation (10+), international luxury real estate ad firm (3-5), Arizona State University (10+)

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


Work Permits & Visas

American and European passports


*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


American Society of Journalists and Authors


Editorial Direction

Assigned and edited this feature exploration of the new China, in art, architecture and urban development, from one of the leading experts on China
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.

Video/film/audio Production

A destination teaser--to inspire travelers to head north of the Arctic Circle. Written and directed.
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.
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.
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.
Developed and written by Steven Beschloss, The Economist Intelligence Unit takes a look at the histories of five cities-Austin, Berlin, Mexico City, Mumbai and Seoul-to explore the conditions that allowed each city's creative economy to take root and blossom.

More Work Samples

"Go Now" column on Turku, Finland, the 2011 European Capital of Culture
An inside look at the origin and inspiration for CityCenter in Las Vegas, based on an interview with MGM Mirage CEO Jim Murren.
A China feature looking at why and how age, skilled labor and polluted water threaten the country's economy and political stability.
A brief roundup of film festivals from around the world, including Tribeca in New York, L.A., Cannes, Moscow and Shanghai.
A brief roundup of inspiring literary homes, from London to Moscow, Key West to L.A.
An economic trend piece that places the current economic troubles into a historical context, decade by decade, beginning with the 1930s.
WSJ op-ed
A brief roundup of great train stations, from Istanbul to Berlin, Kyoto to London, Washington to L.A.
A first-person feature, from a father's perspective, on dealing with my daughter's type 1 diabetes.


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.
Cover Story on Arizona: There's an otherworldly appeal deep in the Arizona desert, but it's not a mirage.
Narrative travel feature exploring the dramatic emergence of a luxury lifestyle in Moscow, Russia.
Adapted excerpt from my recent book "The Gunman and His Mother" exploring Lee Harvey Oswald and his fractured family background.
Narrative feature describing a reinvigorated London, in art, architecture, dining and more.
A lead feature about the influence of Russian writers on Moscow, past and present, and the places they called home.
A portrait of Los Angeles told through profiles of six LA residents who are passionate about their work and their city.
Profile of cinematographer Matthew Libatique (Iron Man, Requiem for a Dream, Inside Man).
A digital package looking at the creative economy of five future-minded cities and its impact on their economic growth and urban development. This series is told through profiles of Austin, Berlin, Mexico City, Mumbai and Seoul.
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.
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.
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.
Feature profile of Greg Mortenson, the bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea and 2009 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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.
This is an adapted excerpt of Steven's best-selling Kindle Single, "The Gunman and His Mother."
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.