David Steele was born in Washington, D.C. At a young age, his family moved to Mount Vernon, New York. During this time, Steele read The New York Daily News and The New York Times, including writers like Dave Anderson, George Vecsey, Mike Lupica and Vic Siegel.
When his family moved back to Washington, Steele read The Washington Post, Washington Star and sports writers like Shirley Povich, Tom Boswell, Tom Callahan and David Israel.
Steele graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985 with a degree in journalism. While at College Park, he wrote for The Diamondback, the university’s student-run newspaper, as well as The Black Explosion, the university’s first black newspaper.
Steele also received multiple internships in college, including summer internships with Newsday in New York and The Raleigh News & Observer. He credits his time at Newsday for instilling the confidence that he could be successful in the journalism industry.
In 1986, Steele joined the St. Petersburg Evening Independent as a general assignment reporter, and eventually become the beat writer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In November of that year, The Evening Independent was merged with the St. Petersburg Times (now The Tampa Bay Times). Steele worked as a copy editor then began covering the NFL.
Steele joined The New York Post in June 1998 as a general assignment reporter, covering the then-New Jersey Nets and assisting in coverage of the New York Knicks during their playoff run. He joined the National Sports Daily in December 1989 and became the correspondent for the Washington-Baltimore region before the paper stopped running in 1991.
Steele worked as a sportswriter for the Stamford Advocate before a three-year stint at Newsday, covering the New York Knicks and the NBA. In 1995, he joined the San Francisco Chronicle, spending four years as the beat writer for the Golden State Warriors and five years as a columnist.
In 2004, Steele joined The Baltimore Sun. He spent almost five years with The Sun before joining AOLFanHouse in 2009. Steele worked as a college basketball writer and became a senior writer in 2010, writing features, enterprise stories and columns. When Sporting News took control over AOL FanHouse’s content in 2011, Steele joined as a columnist writing about the NFL.
He currently writes for the ESPN site The Undefeated.
Steele has covered some of the most prestigious sporting events possible, including the Olympic Games, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and NBA Finals.
He has also co-authored two books, including the autobiography of Olympic champion Tommie Smith, titled “Silent Gesture.”