Steve Lopez is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, where he first wrote the series of enormously popular articles about Nathaniel Anthony Ayers on which The Soloist is based. He has also written for Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Oakland Tribune.
His work has won the H. L. Mencken Writing Award, the Ernie Pyle Human Interest Award, the National Headliner Award for Column Writing the Sigma Delta Chi Magazine Reporting Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Award, and the Quill Journalism Award. Third and Indiana was a selection of the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age and a finalist for the Dashiell Hammett Award.
Lopez is the author of three novels, Third and Indiana, The Sunday Macaroni Club, and In the Clear , and a journalism collection, Land of Giants: Where No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.