Steven Leckart

I was born in Los Angeles and raised by New Yorkers. For more than 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.

My directorial debut is Challenger: The Final Flight, a four-part documentary about the space shuttle that I developed, produced, and co-directed for Netflix. Executive produced by Bad Robot, the series was called "insightful, deeply moving" by the Chicago Sun-Times, and "powerful, comprehensive and revealing" by The Hollywood Reporter.

Since 2012, I’ve written several feature documentaries and 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. Called "a stirring work of nonfiction assembly” by Variety and a "must-see television event" by the Chicago Sun-Times, the film won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Long Sports Documentary.

My other writing/producing credits include Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, a three-part series for Netflix directed by Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim; and All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, a documentary directed by Colin Hanks that was called "disarmingly intimate" by Newsweek.

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."

One of my recent magazine stories 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 was selected for the 2020 edition of Best American Sports Writing. The story 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

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