Columnist Steve Lopez joined the staff of The Times in May 2001, after four years at Time Inc.
where he wrote for Time, Sports Illustrated, Life and Entertainment Weekly as
While at Time, he helped establish the Bonus Section, a series of narrative news
features. His first story in the series, about the French capture of Philadelphia
hippie guru and suspected murderer Ira Einhorn, won a Society of Professional Journalists
Award for national magazines.
He also was the author of Time magazine's "Campaign diary," a road journal filed during the
2000-01 presidential campaign; and of the weekly, "American Scene" column, for which he
traveled the United States.
Prior to joining Time Inc., Lopez was a columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he won
the H.L. Mencken Writing Award, the Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing and a National
Headliner Award for column writing. During his 12 years at the Inquirer, he filed
dispatches from Iraq, Bosnia, Colombia and the Soviet Union.
His earlier newspaper jobs were at the San Jose Mercury News, the Oakland Tribune and three
other daily newspapers in Northern California.
He is the author of three novels, "Third and Indiana," "The Sunday Macaroni Club," and "In
the Clear." A collection of his columns is published in the book "Land of Giants: "Where
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished."
Lopez is married and has two sons.