Bill Steigerwald

Bill Steigerwald - Ghostwriter

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Veteran journalist/book author/ghostwriter with solid but tender editorial skills will make your words and story sing.

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I'm a veteran print journalist with a strong narrative touch who's looking for interesting and challenging freelance/ghostwriting opportunities anywhere on the globe. After writing thousands of articles and opinion columns for the Los Angeles Times and two Pittsburgh dailies from 1979 to 2009, I've published two highly readable nonfiction books of my own. 'Dogging Steinbeck' (2013) made international news by exposing the fictions and lies John Steinbeck put into his iconic 1962 "nonfiction" best-seller 'Travels With Charley.' My 2017 Lyons Press book '30 Days a Black Man' retells the historic but forgotten true story of an undercover journalism mission into the Jim Crow South in 1948 by a white reporter pretending to be black. Since 2015 I've ghostwritten a nationally syndicated column for a well-known conservative political figure. I've also helped two business executives write their autobiographies and wrote a book-for-hire for a major natural gas exploration and development company. I can write a book proposal that will impress your agent or improve your writing without destroying your voice or point of view. I'm a careful, fact-loving generalist who knows how to take highly specialized or esoteric information and make it appealing and interesting to the average reader.
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Economics
History
Law
Politics & Current Affairs
Transportation

Work experience

Journalist

Los Angeles Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, book author, freelancer
March, 1979 – March, 2009 (about 30 years)

After a brief stint with CBS Television's Docudrama Department in Los Angeles in 1979, I worked in the LA Times' Calendar arts and entertainment section in the 1980s as a copy editor, letters editor, freelance writer, columnist and second-string TV reviewer. During the 1990s I was a Sunday feature writer, reporter and weekly columnist in my hometown at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. During the 2000s I was an associate editor, weekly opinion columnist, book-page editor and letters editor at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. My weekly Q-and-A interviews with the likes of George McGovern, Milton Friedman, Jane Jacobs and other important, brilliant or newsworthy Americans were nationally syndicated in the 2000s. I've freelanced for major newspapers like the Washington Post and New York Post as well as Reason magazine, the Moscow Times and Men's Health. No Pulitzer yet, but no lawsuits either. The New York Times editorial page praised me and my journalism for my Steinbeck findings in 2011. So did travel author Paul Theroux and renowned Dutch journalist Geert Mak.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

30 Days a Black Man: The Forgotten Story That Exposed the Jim Crow South

Bill Steigerwald

In 1948 most white people in the North had no idea how unjust and unequal daily life was for the 10 million African Americans living in the South. But that suddenly changed after Ray Sprigle, a famous white journalist from Pittsburgh, went undercover and lived as a black man in the Jim Crow South.Escorted through the South’s parallel black society by John Wesley Dobbs, a historic black civil r... read more

In 1948 most white people in the North had no idea how unjust and unequal daily life was for the 10 million African Americans living in the South. But that suddenly changed after Ray Sprigle, a famous white journalist from Pittsburgh, went undercover and lived as a black man in the Jim Crow South.Escorted through the South’s parallel black society by John Wesley Dobbs, a historic black civil r... read more

Dogging Steinbeck: Discovering America and Exposing the Truth about 'Travels With Charley'

Bill Steigerwald

"Steinbeck falsified his trip. I am delighted that you went deep into this.” -- Paul Theroux, Author of “Deep South" and "The Tao of Travel""No book gave me more of a kick this year than Bill Steigerwald's investigative travelogue 'Dogging Steinbeck.'" -- Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Reason.com"I still believe John Steinbeck is one of America's greatest writers and I still love 'Travels ... read more

"Steinbeck falsified his trip. I am delighted that you went deep into this.” -- Paul Theroux, Author of “Deep South" and "The Tao of Travel""No book gave me more of a kick this year than Bill Steigerwald's investigative travelogue 'Dogging Steinbeck.'" -- Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Reason.com"I still believe John Steinbeck is one of America's greatest writers and I still love 'Travels ... read more

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Erin Austin
Bill provides high quality, well researched work. I look forward to working with him again.

Erin Austin, September 2019

Bill Steigerwald
Thanks Erin. Glad it worked out.

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