Steven Overly is a journalist in Washington, D.C. with over a decade of experience covering stories at the intersection of business, technology and politics. His reporting has explored some of the most consequential issues facing society today, including the spread of online disinformation, the dominance of internet companies and the rise of artificial intelligence.
He currently covers global trade and economics for POLITICO, documenting the complex U.S.-China relationship and the Biden administration's approach to trade policy. He previously wrote about technology policy and influence for POLITICO, chronicling how Silicon Valley’s most powerful companies shape public policy and political rhetoric in the nation’s capital. His stories have examined complex federal legislation and regulation on such topics as online speech, data privacy and antitrust, as well as the elected officials and lobbyists animating the debate.
For seven years, Steven was a staff writer and editor at The Washington Post. He wrote extensively about the Washington region’s technology and biotechnology industries, including venture capital deals and investment trends. He was then tapped to cover federal technology policy and later led coverage of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and driverless vehicles.
Steven is a frequent contributor to radio and television broadcasts on the day’s biggest business and technology stories. He has been interviewed on CNN, CBS News, Marketplace Tech, BBC World Service, Cheddar TV, and local ABC and Fox News affiliates, among other networks. He also moderates televised and on-stage panel discussions and keynotes interviews at events hosted by news organizations, associations and corporations.
In 2015, Steven was one of 10 journalists selected for the prestigious Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University. The program involved a yearlong course of study in topics such as corporate finance, accounting, strategy and global economics alongside MBA students. He earned a M.S. in Journalism.
He also spent 10 days in Berlin studying German politics and transatlantic relations through a German-American Fulbright Commission fellowship program. The program focused on the rise of nationalism in Europe and how Germany’s history shapes public attitudes on individual privacy, the media and international relations.
Steven has taught beginner and advanced news reporting and writing to undergraduate students at his alma mater, the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. These courses are foundational to the journalism degree program and introduce students to the fundamentals of writing hard news and feature stories. He has also been invited to speak about the journalism industry to students at the University of Maryland, American University and Johns Hopkins University.
Steven has been the Washington, D.C. chapter president of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists since 2018. He revived a chapter that had been dormant for several years, bringing back quarterly social hours and networking events. He has also partnered with other local journalism diversity organizations to host an annual career fair. Steven has helped NLGJA raise thousands of dollars and attract the support of high-profile journalists as chair of its annual Washington, D.C. fundraiser.
Steven is also a member of the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA), Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the Association for Independents in Radio (AIR).