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  • Class of 1977Bachelor of Science in JournalismJournallismEnglish literatureAthens, Ohio
  • Class of 1972Bethel, Ohio
  • Honorary DoctorateHumanitiesColumbus, Ohio
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About Steven
  • Steven M. Newman was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the first person documented to walk solo around the world. In 1983, the journalist set out from his Bethel, Ohio, home and traversed five continents and over 20 countries in four years.
    Former cross country runner -- high school and college--as well as a uranium prospector in Wyoming and New Mexico during the summers while attending Ohio University,1972-77.
    Graduated cum laude with journalism degree. Went to work right away as a reporter for the Casper (WY) Star-Tribune.
    Walked solo around world in the 1980s.
    Recipient of dozens of high honors, including Ohio University's and home state's highest honors and a honorary doctorate degree in Humanities from Capital University.
    Longest hiking trail in Ohio's state parks named after him.
    Author or co-author of three books: Worldwalk, Letters From Steven, and Guardians of Yellowstone Park.
    Worldwalk selected as co-Main Selection (along with James Michener's novel JOURNEY) in Summer 1989 by prestigious Literary Guild.
    Narrator of Worldwalker film.
    Former board member of regional chapters of Canine Companions and Rails-to-Trails.
    Professional public speaker and motivator to over 2,300 organizations worldwide
    Received (for 10 years) royalties from Worldwalker clothing and shoes in Japan.
    Adjunct professor for past several years in English Comp, American Literature, and Philosophy.
    Married to Darci Dill from Belefontaine, OH.
    Resides on very private spread known as "Worldwalker Hill" in rural area of the Ohio River Valley.
    Still travels overseas annually. Signed 12-year shoe endorsement contract with one of China's largest shoe companies in September 2012. Mandarin edition of Worldwalk book to be available in China in 2013. Now available on website. Received as hero throughout China in 2012, where he spoke to Peking University, China's most prestigious university.
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