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STEVE FRIESS
Las Vegas, NV

www.stevefriess.com

OVERVIEW

Award-winning journalist with extensive versatility and experience that includes breaking news, long features, investigative journalism, sports, travel, business and computer-assisted reporting. Work includes datelines from China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Denmark, South Korea, Switzerland, Canada, Britain and across the U.S.

Also, instructor of COM 250, basic newswriting and gathering, at University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

CURRENT
EMPLOYMENT
Freelance Journalist: Credits include Newsweek, The New York Times, Time, Boston Globe,The Daily Beast, AOL News, The Daily, L.A. Weekly, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, US News & World Report, San Francisco Chronicle, People, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Reuters, Travel + Leisure, Baltimore Sun, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, America West, The Advocate, Out, Genre, TimeOut New York, Editor & Publisher, South China Morning Post, Korea Herald, and others.
1/2001 – 8/2002
USA Today, chief China stringer: Covered China for nation’s largest daily. Includes coverage of the US-China spy-plane stand-off, Chinese basketball players coming to the NBA, AIDS, the 2008 Olympic bid, intellectual property rights theft and President Bush’s post-Sept. 11 visit to Shanghai. Returned to cover SARS in 2003.
9/1999 – 11/2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, staff writer: Growth reporter. Broke several national stories related to the taking of the 2000 Census. Also covered voting problems on election night in Palm Beach County, Fla., becoming among the first to report on the butterfly ballot controversy.
9/1996 – 8/1999
Las Vegas Review-Journal, staff writer: Covered education and county government in the nation’s fastest-growing region.
7/1994 – 8/1996
Rockford Register Star, staff writer: Covered cops, courts, local government and GA.

EDUCATION

Northwestern University
Medill School of Journalism, Bachelor of Science in 1994.


Poynter Institute
"Reporting on Sex, Sexuality and Pop Culture" in 2007.

University of Maryland at College Park
Fellow for program on covering health care and sexual issues.

VARIOUS HONORS
  • Finalist, Best Newspaper Article, 2010 GLAAD Media Awards, for a 7,000-word investigative piece on the suicide of a transgender L.A. Times sportswriter.
  • Nevada Press Association, best non-staff columnist, 2009 for Las Vegas Weekly column, "The Strip Sense."
  • New York Press Association, religion coverage: For coverage of gay Catholic conference in Vegas. 2004.
  • Top of the News, Community Writing: For coverage of the 2000 census from the Sun-Sentinel.
  • Top of the News, Enterprise Reporting: For computer-assisted analysis in 2000 of property value changes in Palm Beach County, Fla., from the Sun-Sentinel.
  • Nevada Press Association, First Amendment: For 1997 fight for access to an audit of Clark County (Nev.) School District’s special education practices.
  • Best of Gannett, Enterprise: For 1995 expose on biker-gang war.
  • Hearst Foundation National Writing Championship: 1994 champion of three-day writing and reporting competition held in San Francisco for top finishers in that year’s annual contests.
ORGANIZATIONS and ACTIVITIES
REFERENCES Available upon request.


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