The Daniel Steiner Undergraduate Editorial Fellowship, generously supported by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, provides summer support for an undergraduate to join Harvard Magazine’s editorial staff as a reporter and writer, while also receiving an introduction to the business aspects of magazine operations. The fellowship honors the memory of Daniel Steiner ’54, LL.B. ’58, who entered the University’s service in 1969, at the request of President Nathan Marsh Pusey, in the wake of the student strike and arrests on campus that year. The following year, he was named general counsel, an office he held until 1992; President Derek Bok, whose tenure largely overlapped Steiner’s service, said, “Both I and Harvard owe him an incalculable debt.” A note in these pages in September-October 2006, following Steiner’s death that June, recalled his particular service to the magazine—the part of his extraordinary legacy that makes this memorial fellowship so appropriate:
Steiner often recalled that, as an alumnus, he had relied on the Harvard Alumni Bulletin’s account of the strike and bust for thorough, accurate coverage of the University in a time of severe trial. In the mid 1970s, when the magazine needed to reorganize financially, Steiner, as general counsel, effected the institutional changes needed to shore up the income statement while securing a suitable governance structure. Crucially, the new entity emerged with clear, statutory protection for its editorial independence.
Later, as president of Harvard Magazine Inc., Steiner led the publication’s centennial celebration in 1998. He commented then: “There have, of course, been some tense moments from time to time when the magazine has run articles or contained elements that the administration would have omitted. In my judgment this independence has been essential in enabling the magazine to be effective in communicating with alumni.…That the system has worked is a credit to the editors of the magazine who have used the independence responsibly, and to the leadership of the University, who—despite the irritations that inevitably occur—have seen the wisdom of the arrangement and remained true to the principle.”
The magazine published an extended interview with Steiner upon his retirement as vice president and general counsel in 1992, reflecting on the challenges and changes during his tenure that reshaped Harvard into its modern form.
Each year, Harvard Magazine offers two Ledecky Fellowships to Harvard undergraduates and one Steiner Fellowship. Use the links below to read brief biographical notes from current and former fellows and to access their articles.
Aidan Langston '19, the Steiner Undergraduate Editorial Fellow for the summer of 2016, is a Cabot House resident and prospective linguistics concentrator from Brooklyn, New York.
Zara Zhang ’17, the Steiner Undergraduate Editorial Fellow for the summer of 2015, is a Currier House resident and psychology concentrator from Changchun, China.
Francesca Annicchiarico ’16, the inaugural Steiner Undergraduate Editorial Fellow, serving in the summer of 2014, is a Dunster House resident and social studies concentrator from Portogruaro, Italy.