Steve, the Director of USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism, is a veteran journalist and educator who began his career in 1967 at The Arizona Daily Star and worked for several news organizations during the ensuing years: The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and the Vietnam Bureau of Pacific Stars and Stripes. He also served as a spokesman for the 1984 Olympic Games. He is a co-founder of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education which has worked to increase racial and cultural diversity in the news since 1976. He served as the campaign press secretary for Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley in his successful re-election race in 1985. Montiel serves on the boards of the California Council for the Humanities and the California First Amendment Coalition. He is a member of the California Chicano News Media Association. Montiel graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1969 and taught there as an assistant professor of journalism from 1979 to 1981.