Biography

Steve by Luch 2 72Lifelong journalist and author Steven Long brings a national reputation and talent for making special things happen to his current venture, Horseback Magazine, as the publication’s creative force. Steve has made the publication one of the nation’s most respected regional glossies targeting the recreational horseman. The magazine is distributed in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana. It is also seen at some of the most prestigious horse shows in the nation.

Horseback Online, www.horsebackmagazine.com, is
visited daily in all 50 states and between 35 and 55 foreign countries.

Long is a triple threat. He is an editor, journalist, and entrepreneur most famous for his books on some of the most sensational true
crime events in the nation. He has spent more than 2,000 hours in the courtroom, more time than most practicing lawyers spend there in a lifetime. He has covered some of the most important cases of the last two decades. Few can capture the drama of lawyer vs. lawyer quite like him.

Every Woman’s Nightmare (St. Martin’s Press) tells the story of the fairytale marriage and cold blooded murder of
Utah’s Lori Hacking, whose body was left in a city dump to rot. She was killed in her sleep by her husband Mark after catching him in the lie that he was about to begin medical school at Duke. The book has sparked heated opposition from members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons.

Steven’s true crime tale, Out of Control, (St. Martin’s Press), chronicled the strange murder of Dr. David Harris by his wife Clara. Long’s
story, set in a wealthy suburb of Houston, is not a typical grisly true crime paperback. He tells the tale of a woman who loved too much, so much that she was willing to kill to keep her man from his paramour.

In his first book,
Death Without Dignity, (Texas Monthly Press, 1987) Steven Long wrote the sad story of catastrophic failure in a nursing home. The work prompted the Austin American-Statesman to call it the “literary equivalent of the movie Platoon.” The book won a State Bar of Texas Gavel Award for distinguished journalism. Yet among the numerous awards he has received throughout his career, Steven Long is still most proud of the merit badge for journalism that he received as a Boy Scout when his first story was published in his hometown paper at age 11.

Long began his career in radio but quickly moved to print. For most of 11 years, he served as editor and publisher of Galveston’s In Between
Magazine,
an award-winning alternative weekly famed for its gritty investigative work. His first freelance piece appeared in the respected
Texas Observer.

In the 1982 Texas election for governor, Steven Long asked the incumbent, Bill Clements, a question that changed the state’s history. “Would you appoint a consumer, for example, a housewife, to the Texas Public Utilities Commission?”  The governor blundered and answered, “There isn’t a housewife in Texas qualified to serve on the PUC.” He lost the election.

After closing In
Between
, Steven Long carved out a career as a feature writer with the Houston Chronicle. One article resulted in the indictment, conviction
and disbarment of the late Houston adoption lawyer Leslie Thacker for buying and selling crack babies in several Texas county jails. Another series of investigative stories ultimately resulted in the indictment and conviction of the head librarian of the oldest medical school west of the Mississippi for stealing rare and historic medical texts, some dating to the sixteenth century.  He exposed the Texas prison system’s wholesale practice of allowing the use of inmates as subjects for medical residents to hone their skills in cosmetic surgery at a state teaching hospital.

Steven Long covered the Andrea Yates murder case for the New York Post from the scene to conviction. For the same paper, he located rogue CEO Ken Lay who hid for ten days when the Enron scandal broke. He covered the lengthy and complex trial of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm for Agence France Presse, as well as Crains’ Chicago Business. He has appeared on “Inside Edition,” the “CBS Early Show” and “Catherine Crier Live”, as well as “Mugshots” on Court TV. Steven worked as a consultant to “Dateline’s” segment on the sensational Robert Durst Case. He has appeared on “Northwest Afternoon” on ABC/KOMO in Seattle. Steven appeared on the E Network’s series, “Women Who Kill.” Long served as courtroom analyst and special correspondent with CNBC for its gavel to gavel coverage of the Enron execs Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. During the proceedings he frequently appeared on the popular business channel’s “Squawk Box” and “Power Lunch” programs. Steven and his adopted horse Façade have appeared on Animal Planet’s “Animal Cops Houston.” Façade is an SPCA rescue animal.

An avid horseman, he has been a contributor to Western Horseman magazine. His work has appeared frequently in the Houston Press. Steven Long is a regular contributor to the late and lamented true crime forum, In “Cold Blog.” He secured one of the last, if not the final interview with the late actor Tony for Cowboys and Indians Magazine.  Besides his writing career, Steven Long holds a certification in corporatecommunity relations from the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.  Steven Long is a co-founder of the National Alliance of Urban Literacy Coalitions (Literacy USA), and completed three terms on the national board of CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, based in Seattle. CASA volunteers throughout the nation help the courts place abused and neglected children in safe and permanent homes. He currently serves on the organization’s prestigious Emeritus Advisory Board.

Steven Long is currently writing his epic Sauceda Trilogy. Book III of the work, Ruby’s Passing. It is, a fiction book based on a 1955 triple murder in the small Texas town where he grew up. The book is currently being test marketed on Amazon. It is reaping five star reader reviews.

Steven also appears in the Katia Louise film, Saving America’s Horses, A Nation Betrayed.

Steven and Vicki Long, a fiction writer, live in Houston, Texas. He serves as Vice President of The Greater Houston Horse
Council.

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