Steve Behrens is a maker of stories, photos and publishing contraptions such as newspapers and websites. I’m weaned from my long-term project Current, the newspaper/website for people in public media.
I live and work in Washington, D.C., on Birch Street, which explains the name of this site. We planted a grove of birch trees here because it seemed right.
1977-80: Publications Editor for Zero Population Growth Inc., a national environmental membership group. I didn’t endorse the anti-immigration blather that overcame some ZPG activists.
1980-83: Founding editor of Current, the country’s main journalistically independent chronicler of the public broadcasting field.
1984-88: Senior Editor of Channels magazine, Les Brown’s now-defunct, New York-based bimonthly magazine about television and new media, a National Magazine Award finalist whose hopeful days ended before the Web arrived (bad timing). Backers included the Markle Foundation and Norman Lear.
1991-2012: Returned to Current as editor. Built publication’s website by hand in 1995; later led its conversion to WordPress. Current remained largely self-supporting until the Great Recession, 2008. Initiated talks with Wyncote Foundation and American University’s School of Communication to adopt Current, 2010.
Skills: Research with curiosity, concise writing, emphasis on clarity and meaning, clean print and web design, Photoshop image-editing and compositing, InDesign composition.
If you’d like to talk, please write to me through the Contact page or call my cell number, 202-841-0620.
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