Fifty miles south of Buffalo just off the shores of Lake Erie, Dan Steinberg grew up an avid newspaper reader. A Fredonia, N.Y. native, Steinberg loved reading the sports sections of the Buffalo News and the Dunkirk Evening Observer as a child. Even though he wasn’t a rabid sports fan, he could never think of anything else he wanted to do besides being a sportswriter.
Steinberg wrote for the sports section of both his high school and college newspapers, but took a decidedly non-traditional path to get into sports journalism. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in political science and was the first recipient (in 1998) of the school’s James R. Soles Fellowship at the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C.-based investigative non-profit.
While working at CPI, Steinberg found himself gravitating back to sportswriting and ardently read the sports section of the Washington Post. He left CPI and worked in the cheese department at a local Whole Foods Market while applying for jobs. He got an interview at the Post, and in 2001 started working there part-time covering high school sports. Steinberg was eventually hired full-time and gradually worked his way up at The Post, initially covering the University of Maryland and college basketball.
In 2006, he was sent to cover the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, for WashingtonPost.com. His offbeat stories about the New Zealand curling team and Northern Italian cheeses were well received and became the foundation for launching the D.C. Sports Bog in 2006. The Bog, The Post’s first sports blog, featured Steinberg’s quirky, self-effacing humor and unique voice about Washington-area sports. Steinberg added the title of Washington Post sports columnist in December 2014. In 2018, Steinberg chose to give up his column and join the editing staff of The Washington Post's sports section.
Steinberg and his wife live in Washington, D.C.