Steve Klein

I teach journalism at George Mason University and the University of Mary Washington. I love the Detroit Red Wings. I ride Trek. I play TaylorMade.


Deford on Deford

Perhaps no one defines the best that sports writing and profile writing can be than Frank Deford. Best known for his long and distinguished career at Sports Illustrated, Deford is a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and a correspondent on HBO’s “Real Sport with Bryant Gumbel.” Deford has written 15 books, including […]

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What’s it all about, Google?

Google Drive arrives.

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Thanks, mom (P&G campaign)

From Mashable: As athletes get ready to take the global stage during the London 2012 Olympic Games less than 100 days away, Procter & Gamble has released a new ad praising mothers worldwide. Press play and cue the waterworks. In three days, the video has received over 700,000+ views on YouTube. P&G, the personal care and […]

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Winging it

I used to write columns, cover games and manage sports departments in my pre-academic days. So it isn’t often that I sit down to write a full-bodied column. But the elimination of the Detroit Red Wings from the Stanley Cup playoffs on April 20 — April 20! — was enough to motivate me to take […]

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Kevin McCarthy sheds ‘Nerd Tears’ on summer movie blockbusters

Mason grad and WFAN movie critic Kevin McCarthy appeared on “Fox and Friends” Sunday morning for a nearly five-minute review of the summer’s coming movie blockbusters. Here’s his early sneak peak. And check out Kevin’s website, Nerd Tears. Watch the latest video at

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Ye olde debunking

Ye was once thee, which was really the. Got that?  

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Why I love the Detroit Red Wings

How could you watch something like this and not be a Detroit Red Wings fan?  

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Fill her up!

My goodness! My Summer A section of Comm303-A01 Writing Across Media (May 21-June 21) is fully enrolled: 28 students! This the first time that’s happened during the summer term, which covers an intense 17 classes over five weeks. And Fall Term 2012 is starting to take shape with students starting to sign up for for […]

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Congratulations to …

… Pat Carroll, who received the Kevin Athari Award and scholarship at the George Mason University Communication Department‘s annual Award’s Banquet April 14; and Gabby Gayl, honored with the annual Journalism Writing Award. Thanks, too, to my colleagues, Dr. Gary Kreps, chair of the department, and Professor Star Muir for their kind introductory comments.

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It’s never too late to make new discoveries

Here are two journalism programs that are doing it right: one on the undergraduate level at the University of Texas-Austin, the other on the graduate level at American University here in Washington, D.C. Also, here are two websites that intrigue me: the Northern Virginia Writing Project at George Mason University, and, the brainchild of […]

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Fairy tales can come true

In the GMU journalism program, we teach our students to write now, blog now, publish now — that there’s not going to be any future because things are changing too quickly. Here’s a wonderful example of a Mets fan-turned-blogger who made his future happen right now.

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Something cool from TED

This is cool from TED: TED2012 remixed. John Boswell, of the “Symphony of Science,” came to TED2012 and made this remix of the speakers onstage (and on The video is unlisted, so you need to link to see it.

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The place to meet on the Fairfax campus

The George Mason statue is kitty-corner to the Johnson Center and the Mason Pond Parking Deck, where guests can easily park on the first three levels (Fairfax campus map). As soon-to-be emeritus faculty, I'm always happy to meet with friends and my former Mason students on campus.

Alum Kevin McCarthy at work

Film critic and GMU alum Kevin McCarthy encouraged students during his many visits to my GMU classes to pursue internships and "get noticed!" See some of Kevin's terrific interviews on his Nerd Tears website.