Stuart Stevens grew up in Mississippi, a seventh generation Mississippian. For a very long time he's been driven by a fascination and love of politics, film, and, writing and has pursued those interests throughout his life.
He attended Colorado College; Pembroke College, Oxford; Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English; UCLA Graduate Film School, and the American Film Institute, where he received a diploma signed by Charlton Heston.
The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear is his seventh book. His earlier books are: Last Season: A Father, a Son and a Lifetime of College Football, Night Train to Turkistan, Malaria Dreams, Feeding Frenzy: Around the World In Search of The Perfect Meal and the novel, Scorched Earth: A Political Love Story. He's written extensively for dramatic television series, starting with Northern Exposure and including I'll Fly Away, K. Street, Commander in Chief and others. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Outside, The Washington Post, Food & Wine and many others.
He has a long time interests in endurance sports which he pursues badly. He's skied the last 100 kilometers to the North Pole and ridden the 1200 km Paris-Brest-Paris cycling event and was the first person to complete all of the World Loppet (Nordic Ski Marathons) in a single season. He wishes he were good at these endeavors, but concedes he is not, yet enjoys them nonetheless.
Stuart Stevens was a founding partner in Strategic, Partners & Media and stepped down from the company in April 2019. He is a contributor to The Daily Beast, will have his eighth book, It Was All A Lie, published in May 2020, and is currently working on his next novel.