Stephen is an award-winning investigative journalist and personal essayist, and the author of five books: "Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia" (1993); "Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs" (1998), "The New Rabbi" (2002), the essay collection "Husbandry" (2007), and "Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time" (2010). He began his career at Philadelphia magazine—where he was a long-time senior writer and, later, editor-in-chief—and has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Glamour, a monthly columnist at GQ and Ladies’ Home Journal and a regular contributor to The Washington Post Magazine, Rolling Stone and Parade.
He has won two National Magazine Awards and has been a finalist for two others; he has also won the National SDX/SPJ Award for Magazine Reporting, the National Headliner Award for Outstanding Feature Writing, the Vidocq Society Medal of Honor and five Clarion Awards. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has been teaching magazine writing at the Journalism School since 2003.