Steve Dale Biographical Information
Steve Dale ... That Pet World Guy!
Steve Dale reaches more homes than any other journalist in the pet field.
Steve currently hosts Pet Central on WGN-AM, interacting with listeners from Chicago, and via email from around the world. Guests are leading experts on topics like pet behavior, nutrition and veterinary medicine. Steve is proud that he delivers the most qualified specialists in the nation to answer listener questions and discuss newsworthy topics. Of course, all the topics aren't exactly newsworthy, such as his weekly "Pet Joke" segment, or his annual singing pet contest.
The Pet News With Steve Dale is a short-form daily radio feature with helpful tips on companion animal care, ranging from ferrets to dogs and cats. Daily nuggets have included pieces on how to entertain an iguana to a new treatment for feline diabetes. This show is currently airing on 70 stations. Steve is also the host of Animal Planet Radio, where guests include many of the most respected veterinarians in the nation, top selling pet book authors and celebrities like Doris Roberts and Betty White - as well as the stars of Animal Planet on TV. Both Animal Planet Radio and The Pet News with Steve Dale are syndicated by Matrix Media, Chicago.
My Pet World, syndicated to more than 100 newspapers by Tribune Media Services, includes Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Montreal Orlando San Diego, Tacoma and Toronto markets. He's even made front-page news with breaking stories, like his email correspondences with a woman in Bosnia as her neighborhood was being bombed and her dogs panicked. His reports on the search and rescue dogs following September 11 received national attention and acclaim. Each week Steve produces both a Q & A piece as well as a feature story. Steve authors the most well-read pet column in the nation.
Steve's influence and expertise prompted an invitation to present a seminar on cat behavior at the prestigious Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas (2001), and to speak at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Annual Meeting (1999). He also emceed the Dog Writer's Association Awards Banquet (2000 and 2002) and was the keynote speaker at the Cat Writers' Association Banquet (1998). Steve speaks to local shelters and humane groups regularly. For eight years, he's announced the International Kennel Club of Chicago Dog Show, and hosted a public forum in conjunction with veterinarians at the Chicagoland Family Pet Show.
His television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, National Geographic Explorer, Pets: Part of the Family, and Petsburgh USA and A Pet Story, both on Animal Planet. Steve has also appeared on all Chicago TV stations, including a two-year stint as the Pet Expert on superstation WGN-TV morning news. He was twice featured in Paul Harvey's 'The Rest of the Story,' and his radio guest appearances number over 100 on stations large and small across the United States and Canada.
Steve is the Special Correspondent and columnist at Dog World and Senior Columnist at Pet Life magazines, and National Correspondent for Chicagoland Tails. He's also been a regular contributor to USA Today, USA Weekend and People. His stories have appeared in Self, Visa a Vis, Minc. Zoo Life, Academy of Science Agenda, Lincoln Park Zoo Bulletin, Stagebill, Video Times, American Kennel Club Gazette, Cats, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Puppies '98 Annual, Puppies '97 Annual, allpets.com, pets.com.
His contributions at the Chicago Tribune include a five-year stint as "Celebrity Watch" columnist for the Friday Section, and a total of 32 feature stories appearing on the cover - most of them about zoos or pets. In all, he authored more than 500 general features for the Tribune. Steve also wrote restaurant reviews for Crain's Chicago Business, Inside Chicago and North Shore magazine.
Steve's previous radio experience includes five years at WCFL Radio, weekend air talent/executive producer. He also reported on entertainment at WLS Radio, and weekend or full time air talent at WCLR, WONX, WLTD, WYCA and WWMM Radio.
Steve worked with the Chicago Park District and Mayor's Office to help create dog parks in Chicago. Steve is now a board member of the Dog Advisory Workgroup, and was involved in the 'Scoop the Poop' campaign.
In conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association, Steve launched a campaign for pet owners to give money to help children in Afghanistan. Funds were sent directly to the White House.
At the direction of Mayor Richard M. Daley, Steve worked with the Commissioner of the Office of Consumer Affairs in Chicago to mandate signage in all Chicago cabs that indicates 'Chicago Welcomes Service Dogs.' He also formed a committee to encourage employers at restaurants and hotels to educate employees about service dogs.
1997 through present: Vice President Board of Directors and Advisory Board Member of The Chenny Troupe, an animal assisted therapy group. 1980 through 1988: Advisory Board Member, editor, internal newsletter and docent, Lincoln Park Zoo.
Best Syndicated General Feature Newspaper Column, from Editor & Publisher, 2001
Best Radio Show, Dog and Cat Writer's Associations, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Best Newspaper Columnist/Publication of the Year Award Cat Writers' Association, Inc., 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Special Award Columnist/Publication of the Year Dog Writers Association of America, 1996, 1999
Maxwell Medallion Best Newspaper Column Dog Writer's Association, 1996, 1999
Society Media Person of the Year, 1997
Cats Chicago Special Achievement Award, 1992
Animal Protection Institute Extraordinary Performance in Broadcasting for "All About Animals," feature, 1984
Members of the media who want to contact Steve Dale with questions about a pet story or to schedule a personal interview may e-mail him at email@example.com.
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