SBN Newsmakers Interview: James Steele, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

In this episode of SBN Newsmakers, News Director Steve Lubetkin chats with James Steele, co-author with Donald Barlett of the book, America: What Went Wrong? The Crisis Deepens (affiliate link), the 2020 updated version of their award-winning 1992 report on how Congresses and presidents of both parties repeatedly choose to favor the few at the expense of the many, creating a transfer of wealth of colossal proportions. Now, new policies are launching a fresh assault on the middle class.

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About the Guest

Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele are the nation’s most honored investigative reporting team. Their work has received two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Magazine Awards and upwards of 50 other national journalism awards. Two of their eight books have been New York Times bestsellers, The Betrayal of the American Dream and  the first edition of America: What Went Wrong? They began working together at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and their writing has appeared in Time, Vanity Fair, The New York Times and The Washington Post. The American Journalism Review has called them “almost certainly the best team in the history of investigative journalism.” They live in Philadelphia.

Barlett and Steele also pioneered in the use of reporting methods now standard in the profession. In 1972, they used a computer to analyze more than 1,000 cases of violent crime in Philadelphia. “Crime and Injustice” was the largest computer-assisted project of its time and was widely replicated by other journalists for years afterward.

Steele was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, on January 3, 1943, and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. A graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, he began his journalism career at the Kansas City Times, where he covered labor, politics and urban affairs before moving to The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1970. After 27 years as an investigative reporter at The Inquirer, he joined Time in 1997. In 2006, he became a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. Steele is married and has a daughter.