Steven Boyd Saum

Steven Boyd Saum is Editor-in-Chief for The Commonwealth Club of California, the leading public affairs forum in the United States. As editor of The Commonwealth magazine, he covers social, cultural and policy issues, ranging from dysfunctional democracy in California to global security to baseball. His journalism, essays, op-eds, fiction, and reviews have also appeared in California Monthly, Salon, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He is the editor of Each a Mighty Voice: A Century of Speeches from The Commonwealth Club of California, published by Heyday Books, which examines politics and the media from Teddy Roosevelt to Pat Buchanan, from FDR to Nikita Khrushchev to the war on terror.

He has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, hosted a radio show, and directed the Fulbright program in Ukraine – and returned to serve as an election observer in the former Soviet Union. He has worked with the Jan Hus Educational Foundation and Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment the State Department, and has been a three-time champion on “Jeopardy!”

Steven holds degrees from Emory University and Johns Hopkins. He lives in sunny Oakland, California, but still swears allegiance to the Chicago Cubs.

Telephone: 415.597.6715