Steve Dale Bio

Steve Dale reaches more pet owners than any other pet journalist in America. His passion in helping pet parents solve their problems and advising them to seek veterinary care can be found in his syndicated newspaper column (Tribune Content Agency since 1995), as a Chicago Tribune blogger (, and as a contributor to several web sites.


Steve’s insights also make him a frequent guest on television. His TV credits include the Oprah Winfrey Show; National Geographic Explorer; Pets Part of the Family, PBS; Animal Planet; and many others. He has contributed his passion for pets on Superstation WGN-TV’s morning news and serves as a contributor to syndicated HouseSmarts TV.

Pet owners tune in to Steve as host of two nationally syndicated shows aired on more than 100 radio stations: Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute.

A contributing columnist since 2002, Steve’s compelling comments reach readers of USA Weekend. Additionally, he is frequently quoted in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Redbook, and dozens more.He’s also a columnist and special correspondent for Cat Fancy and Rescue Me magazines.

An accomplished author, Steve is co-editor of “Decoding Your Dog,” written by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014), the author of ebooks, “Good Dog!” and “Good Cat!” (Chicago Tribune, 2011), and several other books including “DogGone Chicago” and “American Zoos.”

He extends his love for pets to a number of causes, serving on boards that focus on the welfare of pets. When his beloved cat Ricky passed away in 2002 of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Steve saw the need for research. The fund he created has raised more than $100,000. These funds led to a genetic test that determines if a gene defect for HCM exists for two breeds.

He’s received numerous awards: AVMA Humane Award (the only AVMA honor bestowed to a non-veterinarian), Editor and Publisher syndicated newspaper Feature Writer of the Year Award, AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award and the HSUS Pets for Life Award. He has been honored numerous times by both the Dog Writer’s Association of America and the Cat Writers’ Association of America. In 2012, Steve became the youngest person ever inducted into the Dog Writer’s Association of America Hall of Fame.

Two of his favorite honors are serving as the Commencement Speaker at Madison Square Garden for Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2008) and appearing (in 2012) as 59 across in a TV Guide Crossword Puzzle (pet journalist Steve _ _ _ _).

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