Emil Steiner

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Emil Gregory Steiner
Born (1978-11-30) November 30, 1978 (age 43)
West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
OccupationAuthor and journalist
NationalityAmerican, Czech
GenreFiction, journalism
Notable works"Drunk Driving"[1]

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Emil Gregory Steiner (born November 30, 1978) is an American novelist, journalist, and media scholar studying binge-watching at Temple University's School of Media and Communication where he also teaches journalism. Prior to entering the academy, Steiner was the founding editor of The League[2] -- washingtonpost.com's NFL discussion platform. He also served as the offbeat news blogger for The Washington Post and as a contributor to MSNBC, Washington Post Radio, NPR, CNN, WPHT, and the BBC. He was a member of the newsroom awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for its coverage[3] of the Virginia Tech Massacre.

Steiner is an American, and a descendant of Holocaust survivors, born in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Friends' Central School, in Wynnewood, and the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating in 2001, he worked as a journalist in Prague, Czech Republic. His first novel, Drunk Driving[4] was published in April, 2005.

Steiner made international news in June 2007 with his live-blogging of Pearson v. Chung,[5] the $54 million pants lawsuit.[6] The case involved DC Administrative Law Judge Roy Pearson suing his dry cleaner for $54 million under the DC consumer protection act after they lost his pants. Steiner's exclusive live-blogging coverage provided the only up-to-the minute reporting from inside the Washington, DC Superior Courthouse.

In October 2007, Steiner published a column “Cry Me a River Ellen Degeneres”.[7] Steiner pointed out that the talk show host’s tears for her dog Iggy may in fact have been damage control.[8]

On November 6, 2007, Washington Post columnist Emil Steiner in his OFF/beat blog[9] reported on the emerging menace/hoax of Jenkem an African drug made from the fumes of raw sewage. In his article "Jenkem Madness?"[10] he cited "a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration [who] insists that 'there are people in America trying [Jenkem].'" The unnamed DEA spokesman stated that the agency had yet to test Jenkem, however volunteering a theory that "hallucinations from methane fumes" are involved. He also labeled any use of Jenkem "dangerous, bad and stupid."

In May 2008, Steiner moved his OFF/beat blog from washingtonpost.com to the online tabloid expressnightout.com.[11] He received a Master of Journalism degree from Temple University in 2011, where he now studies the rituals, motives, and feelings of binge-watchers.


  1. Noble, Barnes &. "Drunk Driving". Barnes & Noble.
  2. "The League". washingtonpost.com. 1 December 2015.
  3. ""Ismail Ax" The VT Gunman's Final Message? - Virginia Tech Blog Roundup". voices.washingtonpost.com.
  4. Steiner, Emil (14 February 2005). "Drunk Driving". PublishAmerica – via Amazon.
  5. "Pearson v. Custom Cleaners - Offbeat". archive.org. 19 July 2008.
  6. "Judge Sues Cleaners for $54 Million for Lost Pants". npr.org.
  7. "Cry Me a River, Ellen DeGeneres!", Washington Post
  8. "CNN.com - Transcripts". transcripts.cnn.com.
  9. "Offbeat". archive.org. 26 August 2014.
  10. [1][permanent dead link]
  11. "OFF/beat - Express Night Out". archive.org. 1 August 2011.

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