Loren Steffy

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Loren Steffy has been a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly since 2013. In 2020, he founded Stoney Creek Publishing Group, an independent publisher that focuses on Texas narratives. He is also an executive producer for Rational Middle Media and a managing director for 30 Point Strategies, where he heads the 30 Point Press publishing imprint.
Steffy is the author of five nonfiction books: Deconstructed: An Insider’s View of Illegal Immigration and the Building Trades (with Stan Marek); The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens (with Chrysta Castañeda); George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability, and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet; The Man Who Thought Like a Ship; and Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit. His first novel, The Big Empty, was published in May 2021. 
He is the writer and producer of the six-episode narrative podcast Putin’s Oil Heist, and he was cohost of the award-winning Trial of the Century podcast with Tom Fox in 2021.
Steffy is a former business columnist for the Houston Chronicle and previously was the Texas bureau chief and a senior writer for Bloomberg News. His award-winning writing has been published in newspapers and other publications worldwide. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M. If he’s not writing or reading, he’s probably working on cars or puttering (yes, he has reached the age of puttering) around his property in Wimberley, where he lives with his wife, three dogs, and an ungrateful cat.

78 Articles

February 20, 2019

Is the World Ready for Dell 3.0?

Michael Dell has transformed the stodgy computer manufacturer that bears his name into a nimble data-management outfit. He’s hoping that's enough to bring the pride of Round Rock back to its former glory.

March 22, 2017

Black Elk Down

How did a small Houston oil company with grand ambitions get caught up in the biggest Ponzi scheme since Bernie Madoff?

September 21, 2016


Four years after his indictment, one of the only people prosecuted for the Deepwater Horizon explosion tells his side of the story.

July 20, 2016

Electric Mayhem

Every month, the customers of the state’s smallest energy transmission utility open their bills—and can’t believe what they see.

June 22, 2016

Out of Gas

How Aubrey McClendon, “America’s most reckless  billionaire,” left some Houston energy firms holding the tab.

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