An Apple user since the mid-1980s, around the time Minnesota Educational Computer Consortium (MECC) was providing computers to elementary schools, Stephen has concentrated his journalism work on technology, movies, television, politics, culture, sports, religion, and the various intersections thereof.
He worked for the Consumer Technology Publishing Group, the publisher of Dealerscope magazine and TechnologyTell, between 2007 and 2015. In 2018 he joined AppleInsider, where he writes about the shows, movies and business of Apple TV+, while also authoring the Apple crime blotter column.
Stephen is a Rotten Tomatoes-listed film critic, a co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, and a member of the Online Film Critics Society and the Pen & Pencil Club. His work has appeared in New York Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tablet Magazine, RogerEbert.com, Philadelphia Weekly, The National Interest, and The Jerusalem Post.
In January of 2009, he became the first American journalist to interview both a sitting FCC chairman (Kevin Martin) and a sitting host of Jeopardy! (Alex Trebek) on the same day.
A native of Minnesota who has also lived in such other cold places as Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey, Stephen now lives in the Philadelphia area, where he has worked as a professional journalist since 2005.