Steve Talbott, journalist and college teacher, spent 26 years as a business and financial reporter and editor for the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, the largest newspaper in Ohio.
His investigation into abuses by savings and loans and the now-notorious Freddie Mac led to the reimbursement of overcharges to thousands of homeowners across the country. Those stories won Talbott the National Press Club's Grand Prize for Consumer Journalism.
After taking a buyout from the Plain Dealer, Talbott taught writing and journalism at Cleveland State University for four years. It was a student's paper on college debt that gave him the idea to write a book on student debt.
He has a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in history from the State University of New York at Albany.
He is married to Kathryn Sommers of Niskayuna, N.Y., and has two grown daughters who finished college not long ago with a reasonable pile of college debt. He lives in Bay Village, Ohio.
This is his first book.