Steve Alvarez is an Austin, Texas-based writer and the author of the book, Selling War: A Critical Look at the Military's PR Machine. He has written about various topics including world affairs, veterans' issues, the U.S. military, strategic communications, domestic and foreign policy and parenthood. His articles and essays have been published in Gannett newspapers, Tribune Media Company newspapers and websites, and other publications.

Steve earned his B.S. in Communications from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and later earned his M.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.

He is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. military and retired as a commissioned officer in 2010. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, CBS News Anchor Dan Rather and Steve Alvarez in Baghdad, 2004

Fox News reporter Geraldo Rivera jokes with Steve at Phoenix Base in 2005.

Steve in Kurdistan on an LZ in Sulaymaniyah

Steve entering the Iraqi Tomb of the Unknowns in Baghdad in 2004

NBC News Anchor Brian Williams speaks with Steve after arriving at Phoenix Base in Baghdad, 2004.

Steve and Tom Brokaw at LZ Washington in Baghdad.