About Steve Orr

Steve Orr head shotSteve Orr has launched his media consulting business after an award-winning, three decade broadcasting career. The last half was spent as a business news anchor and feature reporter at the MarketWatch Radio Network. He was regularly heard on some of the country’s biggest news stations, including 1010 WINS in New York, WBBM in Chicago, WBZ in Boston, KYW in Philadelphia, KCBS in San Francisco, and WTOP in Washington, DC. As many as 18 million people heard Steve’s network every week.

At MarketWatch, Steve was part of a team that won several National Headliner Awards and an award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He honed his skills at finding stories and making them interesting for casual investors. And he established feature beats for sports business issues and business book authors.

A native New Yorker, Steve moved from New York to Washington, DC in 1992 to become one of the founding news anchors for USA Today Sky Radio. After Sky Radio, he remained in Washington and worked for, among others, the Associated Press Radio Network, CNN, WTOP Radio, and WTEM Radio (now ESPN 980).

Steve began his career covering news and sports for several radio stations in Connecticut, as well as Connecticut Public Television and cable TV in Westchester County, New York. He earned two Connecticut Associated Press Broadcast Awards for his coverage.

Steve has interviewed hundreds of people over the years, including CEOs, celebrities, athletes, and public officials. He once followed Mickey Mantle to the bathroom to make sure the baseball Hall of Famer stuck around for a quick interview. One of Steve’s most memorable interviews as a young reporter was with then Israeli U.N. Ambassador Benjamin Netanyahu. Also memorable, for all the wrong reasons, was his interview backstage with Ella Fitzgerald, who snapped at him after what he still considers a rather innocuous question.

As a reporter, his many assignments included two funerals for victims of Pan Am Flight 103, a Rose Bowl, and a U.S. Open Golf Tournament. He accompanied the relief organization AmeriCares on an airlift of medical supplies to Nicaragua. In Managua, he reported on the conditions at the city’s main hospital.

Steve has been quoted as a media expert in Self-Promotion for Introverts by Nancy Ancowitz (McGraw Hill, 2010).  And he has been a guest lecturer at the University of Central Florida and the City University of New York/Baruch College, teaching students about radio and TV journalism.

Steve graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Journalism. During his time in Madison, Steve was the sports director at the student radio station. And he was on the staff of a cable comedy show headed by Jim Mallon, who went on to produce the cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000. The seeds of Steve’s broadcasting career and his lifelong love of radio were planted when he listened to Mystery Theater hosted by E.G. Marshall as a kid.

In Steve’s free time, he writes screenplays, radio plays (and provides the character voices), and he repeatedly tries to mentor his cat Honey. He’s also a big fan of comedy improv and was accepted into the Washington DC-area Comedy Sportz troupe after pretending to strangle himself with a shoelace during the audition.