FBLA received word that Sonja Steptoe, Time’s senior correspondent in Los Angeles, is leaving the warm embrace of the magazine world and joining a law firm next month. According to her University of Missouri alum bio:
She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, and has been a correspondent for Sports Illustrated, People, HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Court TV and CNN/SI. Today she is Time magazine’s senior correspondent and deputy Los Angeles Bureau chief. With Jackie Joyner-Kersee she co-wrote A Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Female Athlete . She won an EMMY Award in 1999 and the National Headliner Award in 1998 for outstanding sports journalism. A Duke University law graduate, Steptoe was a Harry S Truman Scholar and a Rhodes Clay Scholar as an undergraduate at MU where she double-majored in economics and journalism.
While we’re not privy to Steptoe’s reasons for the switch, we’re disheartened that such an accomplished pro would leave journalism. If we were running Time, Inc., we’d done just about anything to keep her.