About Steve Dale

Steve Dale is widely known as the "Ann Landers of the pet world." He writes "My Pet World," a syndicated, twice-weekly column, offering animal lovers of all kinds the latest news and information on their furry, feathered and scaled companions.

Steve draws on a stable of experts from around the country in a weekly Q & A column that discusses everything from iguanas to feline litter box habits to Prozac for pets. His weekly feature column covers news of the day affecting pets and their owners.

Since 1997, Steve has been the host of the weekly radio program "Pet Central" on Chicago's legendary WGN Radio 720. He also hosts the syndicated radio programs "Steve Dale's Pet World" and "The Pet Minute with Steve Dale."

Steve has frequently shared his insights into pets on national television, appearing on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Animal Planet, "National Geographic Explorer," "Pets: A Part of the Family" on PBS, and the Fox News Channel. He has also appeared on programs in Japan and Canada.

He is a contributing editor at USA Weekend, a special correspondent for Cat Fancy and editor and chief of Pawprints, a publication for veterinary offices. Steve has written for several publications ranging from Dog World to People and has been quoted in dozens of magazines and newspapers from the Los Angeles Times to Redbook.

In 2003, Steve received the Dog Writer's Association of America's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. In 2002, Steve received the American Veterinary Medical Association's Humane Award, their only award presented to a non-veterinarian. In 2001, "My Pet World" received Editor and Publisher's Newspaper Special Feature Award (the first ever for a pet-related column). Among his many other honors are the 2006 Humane Society of the United States Pets For Life Award, the 2006 Winn Feline Foundation Media Award, and 2006 Pet Industry Media Representative of the Year.

Steve is most proud of his community and national involvement in important pet-related issues, including the fight against bans on specific breeds (most often pit bulls). Steve has spoken at the largest veterinary and shelter conferences in America. Steve is on the board of directors at the Tree House Animal Foundation and is a participant in the Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance.

He is the author of several books, including "American Zoos" (Bantam-Doubleday-Dell) and "DogGone Chicago: Sniffing Out the Best Places to Take Your Best Friend" (NTC Contemporary Books). He is also a contributing author of the American Association of Feline Practitioners Behavior Guidelines.

Steve is certified as a feline and canine behavior consultant by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

A native of Chicago, Steve received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Robin, and their companions: Lucy, a North American shepherd (miniature Australian shepherd); Roxy, a Devon rex cat; and Cosette, a blue-tongued skink (lizard).