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Lauren Steele

Reporter, Storyteller, Explorer

  • New York, New York
  • 660.342.0899


I work with multiple national publications and brands, such as Rolling Stone, Bentley Motors, Men's Journal, Columbia Sportswear, Lincoln Motors, and Outside Magazine to give the world stories about everything from pooping in the woods to the underdog Chilean football champions of the Atacama desert.

Oh, and I have also held the official title: Director of Toughness. For real.

Because of my experience as a writer, athlete, and traveler, I have cultivated the opportunity to work behind the bylines and in the headlines. 

Throughout each project, story, and shoot, I have honed an ability to produce high-caliber work with accuracy and integrity to bring a publication’s brand to life on multiple platforms of storytelling.

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Work History

Writer & Reporter

November 2014Present

Contributor at Men's Journal
-Conduct live, real-time video interviews and activities – such as meditation sessions and fly fishing lessons – for Men's Journal Video
-Write feature and short print coverage of adventure, fitness, and travel
-Contribute to the online Gear, Food, Fitness, Travel, Style, and Adventure channels as well as daily news posts covering everything from BASE jumping to travel trends and the latest style finds.
Contributor's page here.

Contributor at Outside Magazine
-Curated online photo galleries
-Report and write copy for photo-based online travel, culture, and adventure stories
Contributor's page here.

Contributor at Rolling Stone

-Online sports feature reporting and writing
Contributor's page here.

Contributor at The Collective Quarterly
-Write print features, human-interest pieces, and profiles on the most inspiring people and artists in America's most beautiful places.
Contributor's page here. 

Contributor at Vice
-Online sports and outdoor adventure feature reporting and writing
Contributor's page here.

Contributor at Men's Fitness
-Write newsworthy, blog-style service posts on current topics in the health and fitness industry. Coverage of diet, exercise, adventure, and live coverage of events, such as the 2016 ESPY Awards
Contributor's page here.

Contributor at NYMag, Grubstreet
-Cover trending NYC eats with the fresh take of NYMag
Contributor's page here. 

Coverwall Freelance Editorial Team
-Edited two feature stories from each issue assigned. Responsible for reformatting each story into AP Style and incorporating the Rolling Stone style guidelines. Worked within the CMS to input SEO metadata, keywords, and basic HTML coding.
Project link here.

Director of Toughness

Columbia Sportswear
September 2015March 2016

-For six months I tested gear in the harshest conditions around the world (from the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live to Uganda to the North Pole) and told stories along the way. Platforms included National Geographic Adventure and Columbia Sportswear blogs, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope, YouTube, and other social channels during my tenure as Columbia's premiere "Director of Toughness."
All expedition videos can be found here.
National Geographic Adventure blogs can be found here. 

Columnist and Editorial Assistant

Outside Magazine
December 2013december 2014

-Contributed to the online running column, In Stride, as well as daily News From the Field, Gear, and Fitness posts.
-Produced and coded content in the CMS, wrote 3-6 original stories per week, assisted with top edits, and contributed to the print and online editorial calendars.


Bachelor of Journalism

University of Missouri School of Journalism
August 2011May 2014

Because a piece of paper doesn't make you a writer (writing makes you a writer) I graduated in three years flat, got the deuce out of Missouri, and went on writing.