Ron Steinman

Ron Steinman began his career at age 23 at NBC News and spent 35 years at the network. He moved from copyboy to producing segments and writing for the "Huntley Brinkley Report," first in Washington and then in New York in the 1960s. And then on to news editor/field producer for the newsmagazine show "Chet Huntley Reports." For 3 years he produced documentaries and worked on specials, including space coverage, before being named NBC’s Bureau Chief in Saigon during the Vietnam War. He also served as Bureau Chief in Hong Kong and London before returning to New York headquarters to oversee the network’s live news specials.

In 1975 he joined the "Today Show," spending 11 years in a number of senior producing positions in Washington and New York, including overseeing production of all the "Today Show’s" live special weeklong broadcasts from such places as China, Moscow, Seoul and overseas presidential trips. Before leaving NBC in 1992, he spent three years at "Sunday Today" producing 70 segment reports.

During 7 years as a freelance producer for ABC News Productions, among other things, he wrote and produced a series of A&E Biography one-hour documentaries on O.J. Simpson, Malcolm X, Colin Powell, Timothy McVeigh, LBJ, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Rockefeller, Armand Hammer, James Earl Ray, Jim Jones, and the Lifetime Television Intimate Portraits on Gloria Vanderbilt and Doris Duke. At ABC, he also produced “Sole Survivor” for the Discovery Channel and the “Berlin Wall” for the History Channel. Ron produced 3 of the highly rated 6-part series for The Learning Channel on the Vietnam War called "The Soldiers’ Story," and the follow up “Missing in Action”, which won a National Headliner Award and an International Documentary Festival Award. At ABC, he also produced a two part series for TLC on the Persian Gulf War.

He is also the author of the book The Soldiers’ Story first published by TV Books in 1999, now published by Barnes and Noble Books, and of Women in Vietnam first published in 2000 by TV Books and now available from Hutton Electronic Publishing. His memoir Inside Television’s First War: A Saigon Journal was published in 2002 by University of Missouri Press.

Steinman has won a Peabody Award, a National Press Club award, two American Women in Radio & Television Awards, and been nominated for five Emmys.

Currently he is executive editor and columnist for the online magazines the Digital Journalist and the Digital Filmmaker.

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