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James B. Steele (born January 3, 1943) is an American investigative journalist and author. With long with collaborator Donald L. Barlett he has won two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Magazine Awards and five George Polk Awards during their thirty five years of service at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Time, and Vanity Fair.

Steele was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and was raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and began his career at the Kansas City Times, where he covered politics, labor and urban affairs. In 1970 he joined the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he would begin his collaboration with Barlett.

In a 1972 collaboration for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Steele and Barlett pioneered the use of computers for the analysis of data on violent crimes. Twenty years later, they co-authored the series America: What Went Wrong? for The Inquirer, which was named as one of the 100 best pieces of journalism of the 20th century by the New York University School of Journalism. Rewritten into book form, America: What Went Wrong? became a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. It is one of seven books Steele and Barlett have published.

Barlett and Steele were hired by Vanity Fair to be contributing editors on the understanding that they would contribute two articles each year. They were available for this new assignment after Time determined that they had insufficient space for the time of long journalistic investigations. In 2007, Barlett and Steele were featured in the PBS documentary series, Exposé: America's Investigative Reports, in an episode entitled "Friends In High Places."

Steele is married and has a daughter.

Books

Empire: The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes. W.W. Norton & Company. 1979. ISBN 0393000257.  

Forevermore: Nuclear Waste in America. W.W. Norton & Company. 1985. ISBN 0393019209.  

America: What Went Wrong?. Andrews and McMeel. 1992. ISBN 0836270010.  

America: Who Really Pays the Taxes?. Simon & Schuster. 1994. ISBN 0671871579.  

America: Who Stole the Dream?. Andrews and McMeel. 1996. ISBN 0836213149.  

The Great American Tax Dodge: How Spiraling Fraud and Avoidance are Killing Fairness, Destroying the Income Tax, And Costing You. Little, Brown and Company. 2000. ISBN 0316811351.  

Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business — and Bad Medicine. Doubleday. 2004. ISBN 0385504543.  

Magazine articles

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (1998-11-09). "States at War". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,989509,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (1998-11-09). "Corporate Welfare". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,989508,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (1998-11-16). "Fantasy Islands". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,989572,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (1998-11-23). "Sweet Deal". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,989658,00.html?iid=chix-sphere.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (1998-11-23). "Paying a Price for Polluters". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101981123-140519,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (1998-11-30). "The Empire of the Pigs". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101981130-140572,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (1998-11-30). "Five Ways Out". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,989676,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2000-02-07). "How the Little Guy Gets Crunched". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,996000,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2000-02-07). "How to Become a Top Banana". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,38423-1,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2000-05-15). "Soaked By Congress". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,44550-1,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2000-09-25). "Throwing the Game". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101000925-55103,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2002-12-16). "Who Gets the Money?". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1003869,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2002-12-16). "Wheel of Misfortune". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1003896,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2002-12-23). "Playing the Political Slots". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101021223-399923,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2003-02-03). "The Really Unfair Tax". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030203-411439,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2003-05-19). "The Oily Americans". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030519-450997,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2003-05-19). "Iraq's Crude Awakening". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030519-450939,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2003-07-21). "The U.S. is Running Out of Energy". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1005239,00.html?internalid=ACA.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2003-10-13). "The Great Energy Scam". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101031013-493241,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2003-10-13). "Asleep at the Switch". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1005865,00.html?iid=chix-sphere.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2004-02-02). "Why We Pay So Much for Drugs". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,993223,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2004-02-02). "Has Your Life Become Too Much a Game of Chance?". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,993222,00.html?promoid=googlep.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2004-09-20). "Who Left the Door Open?". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,995145,00.html?iid=chix-sphere.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2005-10-23). "The Broken Promise". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1122017,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (2005-10-31). "Where Pensions are Golden". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1122010,00.html.  

Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (March 2007). "Washington's $8 Billion Shadow". Vanity Fair. http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/03/spyagency200703.  

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