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Steve Piacente

Executive Communication Coach

Steve Piacente is an award-winning Washington correspondent and novelist whose portfolio includes digital strategy, social media, presentation training and business writing instruction.

Steve joined The Communication Center in March 2013 after 10 years at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), where he served as deputy communications director, responsible for the web and social media team, and before that as speechwriter for the GSA Administrator.

Steve’s 2010 novel Bella won an Indie Excellence Award and the Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal for Dramatic Fiction. He followed Bella with a prequel titled Bootlicker in September 2012, which won the Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal for Southern Fiction. His reporting work and fiction have also both won competitions sponsored by the National Press Club.

Steve has been a professional writer since graduating from American University in 1976. He started as a high school sportswriter at the Naples Daily News in Florida, switched to news at the Lakeland Ledger, and eventually wound his way back to D.C. in 1985 as Washington correspondent for the Tampa Tribune, and later, the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier.

Steve also teaches communications at his alma mater and has taught classes on public relations, media and politics, and reporting in other university Washington Semester programs. He is also a corporate writing instructor.

Steve received a B.A. in communications from American and a Masters in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University.

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