David Steele joined the Sun in September 2004 as a sports columnist, after nine years at the San Francisco Chronicle. Before becoming a columnist, he spent 11 years covering the NBA, at the Chronicle, Newsday, the National Sports Daily and the New York Post. Over more than two decades in newspapers, he has covered every major sport and several minor ones, and has won awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Florida Sports Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the California News Publishers Association. He also has co-authored two books, including Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith, which was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Autobiography. A native of Washington, D.C., he graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park in 1985.