Steve Piacente (@wordsprof) has been a professional writer since graduating from American University in 1976. He serves today as creative director for The Communication Center, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm. Steve started as a sportswriter at the Naples Daily News, switched to news at the Lakeland Ledger, and returned to D.C. in 1985 as correspondent for the Tampa Tribune. In 1989, the native New Yorker moved to the same position for the Charleston (SC) Post & Courier. In 2002, he joined the U.S. General Services Administration as speechwriter, and later became deputy communications director, managing GSA’s web and social media team. Today he also teaches journalism classes at American University, and is a corporate writing instructor.