Steven Leckart

I was born in Los Angeles and raised by New Yorkers. For nearly a decade, I lived in San Francisco, where I attended the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley and began my career as a freelance magazine writer.

Since 2012, I’ve written two feature documentaries and two docuseries, including What's My Name: Muhammad Ali, a two-part documentary directed by Antoine Fuqua and executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. The film premiered on HBO in 2019 and was called ”a stirring work of nonfiction assembly” by Variety and a "brilliant... must-see television event" by the Chicago Sun-Times. The first feature documentary I wrote was All Things Must Pass, which explores the rise and fall of Tower Records. Directed by Colin Hanks, the film premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and was called "disarmingly intimate" by Newsweek. My directorial debut was a short documentary titled In Deep Water, which was produced for ESPN Films and FiveThirtyEight. The film tells the story of two friends who go searching for the greatest lost treasure in U.S. history. Spoiler: They find the gold but lose their friendship. For a complete list of my credits, see IMDB.

Since 2007, my writing has appeared in various print publications including Wired, Esquire, Men's Health, the New York Times, Popular Science, Maxim, and Playboy. Among other subjects, I've written investigative features about biotech and body hackers, performed as a pro mascot, profiled a 1980's wrestler named the Iron Sheik, experimented with online dating, and explored controversial treatments for military veterans with PTSD. In 2011, I was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Personal Service. In 2012, I popularized the term "oversharenting" in an essay for the Wall Street Journal called "The Facebook-Free Baby." Shoutout to my wife for creating the portmanteau, which characterizes parents who overshare on social media.

I'm also the writer and managing editor of a book based on the website Cabin Porn. Published in 2015 by Little, Brown and Company, Cabin Porn debuted on The New York Times bestseller list and has since been translated into several languages, including French, Japanese, Polish, German, Korean, and Chinese. According to Powell's Books, "It’s sweet to look at beautiful photos of woodsy cabins... But the stories about the work behind the cabins — that’s the magic."

My most recent magazine story is a 10,000-word narrative about an Olympic hopeful cyclist who became one of the most prodigious bank robbers in American history. Co-published by Epic Magazine and Chicago Magazine, The Bicycle Thief follows Tom Justice, who spent four years robbing 26 banks in 13 cities across four U.S. states. For every robbery, he always used the same getaway vehicle: his bicycle.



photo by Noah Kalina