Steve Luxenberg, an associate editor at The Washington Post, has worked for more than 30 years as a newspaper editor and reporter.
Steve’s journalistic career began at The Baltimore Sun, where he worked for 11 years. He joined The Post in 1985 as deputy editor of the newspaper’s investigative/special projects staff, headed by assistant managing editor Bob Woodward. In 1991, he succeeded Woodward as head of the investigative staff. Post reporters working with Steve have won several major reporting awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes for explanatory journalism.
From 1996 to 2006, Steve was the editor of The Post’s Sunday Outlook section, which publishes original reporting and provocative commentary on a broad spectrum of political, historical and cultural issues.
Steve has given talks and workshops about journalism issues and nonfiction writing at universities and discussion forums, and has made occasional guest appearances on radio and television shows to discuss the media. In February 2008, he joined six others at Baltimore’s “Stoop Storytelling Series” for a night of stories involving family secrets. Listen to his story, drawn from Annie’s Ghosts, here.
He also has a television “credit”: Look carefully, and you’ll see him as an extra in the fifth and final season of HBO’s dramatic series, “The Wire,” which aired in 2008. (Hint: It’s a newsroom scene in episode three, and he’s shaking his head.) He also appeared, as one of several commentators, in “The Last Word,” a half-hour “Wire” feature video about the newspaper themes that run through the fifth season.
In his current role as a Post associate editor focusing on special projects, Steve has directed coverage of in-depth stories on the causes and consequences of the financial crisis that unfolded in the fall of 2008.
He grew up in Detroit, where Annie’s Ghosts primarily takes place. He is married to Mary Jo Kirschman, a school librarian. They have two grown children, Josh and Jill.