Steve in the News



February, 2010 Media Columnist Rober Feder calls Steve “Chicago’s ambassador to the dog and cat world” Features Ricky Fund

November, 2009

Steve authors new Cat Fancy Column, The CATalyst

Steve answers cat behavior questions at the Great American Pet Expo

October, 2009

Steve was the Chicago host for “Wine, Wags & Dog Tags,” benefiting dog trainer Tamar Geller’s Operation Heroes & Hounds, helping returning soldiers to get service dogs by saving shelter dogs.

September, 2009

Steve among noted panelists at ‘Animals, Foreclosures & Evictions Summit,’ sponsored by the ASPCA and presented by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs

August, 2009

Steve appears at Heart Healthy Tour – at Puptown in Chicago

July 2009

Pet Sitters International interviews Steve about community involvement

June 2009

Rick Kaempfer features Steve and his radio past in his Chicago Radio spotlight from telling Fed Winston “I don’t make coffee,” to appearing with Wally Phillips and producing Bob and Betty Sanders.

April, 2009

One of many places Steve was quoted on CATalyst Cat Friendliest Cities: Orgenonian,

March, 2009

Steve helped organize a coalition of Chicago shelters and veterinarians to oppose mandatory spay/neuter. This is a Chicago Tribune letter to the editor.

Steve appearing at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo

February, 2009

ImageChicago Tribune story: Pet Owners Need Help When Pet Food Runs Out

Best Friends Highlights Windy City Wisdom

Steve supports Alley Cat Allies Steve is right there alongside Heather Mills of “Knotts Landing,” as an ardent Ally of Alley Cat Allies.

March 2008, Pam Johnson Bennett’s column on Kitty K

October 2007

Steve makes Lucy-Desi Museum News

Can You Teach An Old Cat New Tricks? Steve is interviewed in MSNBC’s Creature Comforts column.

September 2007

Image It’s all about who you know. Steve’s new pal Morris the Cat makes a significant donation to Tree House.


August 2007

Image Steve celebrates a decade at WGN Radio. See a gallery of studio pictures.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Doggy Dining in Chicago Becomes a Legal Reality. Steve testifies at Lisence Committee Meeting, and then attends City Hall vote. Dogs win 50 to 0. Sun Times story.

March 2007

How much elbow room does a dog really need? Steve’s quoted at
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ImageSteve appears with Ethel, and dog trainer Jamie Damato. Lucy comes out of her retirement for this benefit for Tree House at a Chicago Bank. Opening for Steve is one of his favorite musical acts, the Rock Cats.
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February 2007

ImageAt Westminster, Dog Writer’s Association of America dinner Steve wins Special Award, the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award; and a Maxwell Award for Best Newspaper Column.
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ImageSteve is among those honored at Spotlight Humane, a Humane Society of the United States benefit to combat dog fighting.
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January 2007

ImageSteve is named to the Board of Directors of the Winn Feline Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting health related studies about medical problems affecting cats.
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November 2006

Steve was awarded the Humane Society of the United States PETS FOR LIFE AWARD at the annual Cat Writers’ Association Awards Banquet for the best single work of the year published in the mass media, highlighting keeping cats in their homes for life on WGN Radio’s Pet Central.
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Steve’s WGN show won a Muse Medallion for Best Radio Presentation.

Steve’s colleague and friend Kim Campbell Thorton earns the Winn Feline Foundation 2006 Media Award!
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October 2006

Iams donates 81,000 lbs of food to Chicago in Chaser’s name
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August 2006

ImageSteve’s involved with an intiative by Meals On Wheels with Banfield, the Pet Hospital which hopes to feed thousands of pets belonging to shut ins this holiday season. You can help too…
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