Stephen Glass

Stephen Glass Biography, Age, Education, Net worth, The New Republic, former Journalist, Later work

Stephen Glass (Stephen Randall Glass) is a former American journalist and also works as an employee at a law firm in Beverly Hills. In 1998, it was revealed that many of his published articles were fabricated. Over a three-year period as a young rising star at The New Republic, Glass invented quotations, sources, and events in articles he wrote for that magazine and others. Most of Glass’s articles were of the entertaining and humorous type.

Stephen Glass Biography

Stephen Glass (Stephen Randall Glass) is a former American journalist and also works as an employee at a law firm in Beverly Hills. In 1998, it was revealed that many of his published articles were fabricated. Over a three-year period as a young rising star at The New Republic, Glass invented quotations, sources, and events in articles he wrote for that magazine and others. Most of Glass’s articles were of the entertaining and humorous type.
Stephen Glass
Some were based entirely on fictional events. Several seemed to endorse negative stereotypes about ethnic and political groups. In 2016, Glass revealed that he had repaid over $200,000 to The New Republic and other publications for his earlier fabrications.

Stephen Glass Age

Stephen Glass was born on September 15, 1972, in the United States.

Stephen Glass Education

Stephen Glass attended Highland Park High School in the United States. He then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as University Scholar, where he was an executive editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was named John M. Olin Fellow in law and economics.
Although he passed the bar exam in both New York and California, he withdrew his application to become a licensed attorney in New York in 2004 after being advised it would not succeed. In 2014, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that he should not be licensed in that state.

Stephen Glass Net worth

Stephen Glass earns his income from his businesses and other related organizations. He also earns his income from the Awards industry and from his work as a journalist. He has an estimated net worth of $1 million dollars.

Stephen Glass The New Republic

Glass enjoyed loyalty from The New Republic staff, his reporting repeatedly drew outraged rebuttals from the subjects of his articles, eroding his credibility and leading to private skepticism from insiders at the magazine. The magazine’s majority owner and editor-in-chief, Martin Peretz, later said that his wife had told him that she did not find Glass’s stories credible and had stopped reading them.
In December 1996, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) was the target of a hostile article by Glass called “Hazardous to Your Mental Health.” CSPI wrote a letter to the editor and issued a press release pointing out numerous inaccuracies and distortions, and hinting at possible plagiarism. The organization Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) accused Glass of falsehoods in his March 1997 article “Don’t You D.A.R.E.”
In May 1997, Joe Galli of the College Republican National Committee accused Glass of fabrications in “Spring Breakdown”, his lurid tale of drinking and debauchery at the 1997 Conservative Political Action Conference. A June 1997 article called “Peddling Poppy” about a Hofstra University conference on George H. W. Bush drew a letter from Hofstra reciting errors in the story. The New Republic defended Glass; editor Michael Kelly demanded CSPI apologize to Stephen Glass.
On May 18, 1998, The New Republic published a story by Glass (by then an associate editor) entitled “Hack Heaven,” purportedly telling the story of a 15-year-old hacker who had penetrated a company’s computer network, then been hired by that company as a security consultant. The article opened as follows: Ian Restil, a 15-year-old computer hacker who looks like an even more adolescent version of Bill Gates, is throwing a tantrum. “I want more money. I want a Miata. I want a trip to Disney World. I want X-Men comic [book] number one. I want a lifetime subscription to Playboy and throw in Penthouse.
Show me the money! Show me the money! …”Across the table, executives from a California software firm called Jukt Micronics are listening and trying ever so delicately to oblige. “Excuse me, sir,” one of the suits says tentatively to the pimply teenager. “Excuse me. Pardon me for interrupting you, sir. We can arrange more money for you.” Adam Penenberg, a reporter with Forbes magazine, became suspicious when he found zero search engine results for “Jukt Micronics,” found that “Jukt Micronics” had just a single phone line, and saw that its website was extremely amateurish.
Challenged, Glass claimed to have been duped by “Restil.” Glass took Charles Lane to the Bethesda, Maryland hotel at which Restil had purportedly met with the Jukt executives; Lane discovered that on the day of the claimed meeting the hotel’s conference room had been closed and the restaurant where the hackers supposedly ate dinner afterward closes in the early afternoon. Lane dialed a Palo Alto number provided by Glass and spoke with a man who identified himself as a Jukt executive; however, when he realized that the “executive” was actually Glass’
Lane later said: We extended normal human trust to someone who basically lacked a conscience… We busy, friendly folks, were no match for such a willful deceiver… We thought Glass was interested in our personal lives, or our struggles with work, and we thought it was because he cared. Actually, it was all about sizing us up and searching for vulnerabilities. What we saw as concern was actually contempt.

Stephen Glass Aftermath

The New Republic subsequently determined that at least 27 of the 41 articles Glass wrote for the magazine contained fabricated material. Some of the 27, such as “Don’t You D.A.R.E.”, contained real reporting interwoven with fabricated quotations and incidents, while others, including “Hack Heaven,” were completely made up. In the process of creating the “Hack Heaven” article, Glass had gone to especially elaborate lengths to thwart the discovery of his deception by TNR’s fact checkers: creating a website and voice mail account for
Jukt Micronics; fabricating notes of story gathering; having fake business cards printed, and even composing editions of a fake computer hacker community newsletter. As for the balance of the 41 stories, Lane, in an interview given for the 2005 DVD edition of Shattered Glass, said, “In fact, I’d bet lots of the stuff in those other 14 is fake too. It’s not like we’re vouching for those 14, that they’re true.
They’re probably not either.” Rolling Stone, George, and Harper’s also re-examined his contributions. Rolling Stone and Harper’s found the material generally accurate yet maintained they had no way of verifying the information because Glass had cited anonymous sources. George discovered that at least three of the stories Glass wrote for it contained fabrications. Specifically, Glass fabricated quotations in a profile piece and apologized to the article’s subject, Vernon Jordan, an adviser to then-President Bill Clinton.
A court filing for Glass’s application to the California bar gave an updated count on his journalism career: 36 of his stories at The New Republic were said to be fabricated in part or in whole, along with three articles for George, two articles for Rolling Stone, and one for Policy Review.

Stephen Glass Later work

Stephen Glass passed the New York State bar examination in 2000, but the Committee of Bar Examiners refused to certify him on its moral fitness test, citing ethics concerns related to his plagiarism. He later abandoned his efforts to be admitted to the bar in New York.

In 2003, Glass published a so-called “biographical novel”, The Fabulist. Glass sat for an interview with the weekly news program 60 Minutes timed to coincide with the release of his book. The New Republic’s literary editor, Leon Wieseltier, complained, “The creep is doing it again. Even when it comes to reckoning with his own sins, he is still incapable of nonfiction.

The careerism of his repentance is repulsively consistent with the careerism of his crimes.” One reviewer of The Fabulist commented, “The irony we must have irony in a tale this tawdry is that Mr. Glass is abundantly talented. He’s funny and fluent and daring. In a parallel universe, I could imagine him becoming a perfectly respectable novelist a prize-winner, perhaps, with a bit of luck.”

Also in 2003, Glass briefly returned to journalism, writing an article about Canadian marijuana laws for Rolling Stone. On November 7, 2003, Glass participated in a panel discussion on journalistic ethics at George Washington University, along with the editor who had hired him at The New Republic, Andrew Sullivan, who accused Glass of being a “serial liar” who was using “contrition as a career move.”

Stephen Glass Unsuccessful California bar application

In 2009, Stephen Glass applied to join the State Bar of California. The Committee of Bar Examiners refused to certify him, finding that he did not satisfy California’s moral fitness test because of his history of journalistic deception. Insisting that he had reformed, Glass then petitioned the State Bar Court’s hearing department, which found that Glass possessed the necessary “good moral character” to be admitted as an attorney.

The Committee of Bar Examiners sought review in the State Bar’s Review Department and filed a Writ of Review, thereby petitioning the California Supreme Court to review the decision. On November 16, 2011, the Supreme Court granted the petition, the first time in 11 years the court had granted review in a moral character case.

On January 3, 2012, Glass’s attorneys filed papers with the Court arguing that his behavior had been irreproachable for more than 13 years and this was proof that he had reformed. On November 6, 2013, the California Supreme Court heard arguments in Glass’s case and ruled unanimously against him in an opinion issued January 27, 2014.

The lengthy opinion describes in minute detail the applicant’s history, record, the bar’s applicable standard of review, the appeal, and its own analysis of how Glass failed to satisfy the court’s standards, concluding, “On this record, he has not sustained his heavy burden of demonstrating rehabilitation and fitness for the practice of law.” Based on this decision, Glass was barred from practicing law in the State of California.

Stephen Glass Books

  • The Fabulist 2003
  • Fabulist 2005

Stephen Glass former Journalist

Stephen Glass, the whiz-kid magazine writer exposed 13 years ago as a serial fabricator, is telling what may be his most compelling story yet — his own. He swears he’s not making it up, and he’s asking California’s highest court to believe him and give him a chance. Glass, who graduated in 2000 from Georgetown’s law school, works as a paralegal for a firm in Beverly Hills, California. But he really wants to be a lawyer, and he insists he’s remorseful, reformed and committed to telling the truth.
Others aren’t so sure, which is why a bar application that usually would be a no-brainer is taking five years and counting. There is no question that Glass is brilliant, and he easily passed the bar exams in New York and California. But his budding legal career has become snagged on the jagged rocks of good character and moral fitness. The latest installment in the infamous fabulist’s saga is contained in a thick file at the California Supreme Court.
Opened to the public late last month, it finally offers an explanation for why Glass once felt driven to publish lie after lie, and then lie some more to cover it all up.  But this case also raises some difficult questions: Can he, should he be forgiven? Is his redemption even possible? Or, once a liar, always a liar? “Maybe there are certain types of behavior you never get over,” said Arnold Siegel, an ethics professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. But, he added, “The Bar has a fairly compassionate view.
They do believe in rehabilitation.” Adam Penenberg, the writer who first outed Glass’ lies in 1998, took a more ironic view: “When I first learned of Glass’ quest to join the legal profession, I thought, Christ, it’s been 13 years. And, since when does lying disqualify someone from being a lawyer? Let the guy earn a living,” he wrote for  “Leave it to Glass to disgrace himself in one mistrusted profession only to apply to another.”
Lawyers and journalists aren’t highly regarded, although they usually rank a notch above lobbyists, members of Congress and used car salespeople in Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics survey. Nurses, teachers, and doctors are considered the most trustworthy professionals. Glass’ father was a doctor, and his mother a nurse, and they didn’t think much of lawyers or journalists, which is a big part of his story. Glass insists he has undergone a dramatic character change, even if he looks very much the same as he nears 40 as he did at 25 wiry with short brown hair and glasses, the prototypical nerd.
One of his psychiatrists explains that as an immature young man, Glass was so eager to succeed that his lying became compulsive, like a gambler’s high. He lied and lied and lied until he lost it all. Glass and his supporters say he is now almost compulsive about the truth to the point where he usually volunteers that he is that Stephen Glass, and even went back to a store to return excess change he’d been given. But he shouldn’t be permitted to simply gloss over his past, Rachel Grunberg, associate counsel for the California State Bar, said in an interview with CNN.
“Given the egregiousness of Glass’ past misconduct, that goes to the heart of what we look at truthfulness, honesty, respect for others.” Those aren’t traits magazine editor Richard Bradley associates with the Stephen Glass he knew in 1998. At least three of the pieces Glass wrote for him at George magazine contained fabrications, he told CNN. The bulk of Glass’ lies were concocted at The New Republic, a small but influential magazine, where he was unmasked as a serial faker and fired. “Steve was figuring out people’s blind spots their biases, prejudices including myself.
He wrote pieces that benefited him at the expense of those people,” said Bradley, now the editor-in-chief of Worth magazine. “I do forgive Steve, but being a lawyer is a privilege, not a right,” he added. “He can be a fully contributing, valuable member of society without being a lawyer.” Glass withdrew his application to the New York State Bar in 2003, when it became obvious he would be turned down. He applied to the California Bar in 2005, after he moved to Los Angeles.
The bar committee declined to find him morally fit to be a lawyer; Glass appealed and the State Bar Court sided with him last year. The California Supreme Court will have the final word, having added “In Re Glass on Admission” to its docket for 2012. Everyone agrees that what Glass did in 1998 was inexcusable. But, as the State Bar Court points out, the past is not the issue: it’s Glass’ moral character today. The bar examiners the lawyers who vet other lawyers argue that Glass’ lies were so “staggering” he hasn’t done enough to demonstrate he has reformed.
“Going to law school and living a normal life isn’t enough,” Grunberg said. If Glass “were to fabricate evidence in legal matters as readily and effectively as he falsified material for magazine articles, the harm to the public and the profession would be immeasurable,” observed State Bar Court Judge Catherine Purcell, dissenting from two other judges who found Glass morally fit to practice law. Glass’ lawyer, Arthur Margolis, argues that his client has indeed changed and that the sins of a callow 25-year-old won’t be repeated:
“He is now 39. The overwhelming evidence testifies to his maturation, reformation, and rehabilitation over the past 13 years.” Without a doubt, Glass knows how to tell a great story. His eye for whimsical detail and ear for the salient quote made him Washington’s journalistic darling. An internal investigation at The New Republic revealed that more than half of his stories had been fudged in some way starting with a quote here and an anecdote there until entire stories were pure fiction.
Even the notes, e-mail and voice mail messages that were supposed to back up his stories were faked. Friends and colleagues felt betrayed by the amusing but insecure boy wonder. His dream profession journalism took a credibility hit, and Glass holed up in his apartment, cringing and crying as he was hounded by reporters who were like him in so many ways except that they sought the truth: Why’d you do it, Steve?
In 2014, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that he should not be licensed in that state. He worked as a paralegal at a law firm for a number of years and was later promoted to Director of Special Projects and Trial Team Coordinator. His career at The New Republic was dramatized in the 2003 film Shattered Glass in which Glass was portrayed by Hayden Christensen. Glass fictionalized his own story in The Fabulist, a 2003 novel whose protagonist is named “Stephen Aaron Glass”

Stephen Glass Reinvention

He returned instead to Georgetown’s Law Center, where he had been taking classes at night. One of his professors, Susan Low Bloch, reached out to him. “I realized there had been a Steve Glass in my class who had done very well, so I called him and asked, ‘Are you that Steve Glass who is in all the papers?’ ” she told CNN in a telephone interview. He said that he was, and she invited him to stop by for a talk.
She saw him “as someone who just got in this whirlpool,” and so she offered him a hand. “He was so remorseful and so devastated by this that it was worth my while to give him a chance to show me he could do legal research without embellishing it,” said Bloch, who had clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall as a law student. She hired Glass as her research assistant.
But first, she made him promise to be honest with her if he couldn’t find an answer “and not make something up just to please me.” She never regretted taking a chance on Glass, and eventually came to trust him so much that she recommended him to two judges.  She flew to California to vouch for him at his bar hearing. “I take in stray cats, too,” Bloch told CNN. “I believe you don’t throw people out; you don’t toss them out as garbage because of a mistake.” Julie Hilden also gambled on Stephen Glass.
She had first seen him in the offices of Williams & Connolly, the prestigious Washington law firm where she worked for David Kendall, the civil lawyer for Bill and Hillary Clinton. It was 1998, the height of the scandal, and Glass was talking with his lawyer at the firm about how he could confirm his fabrications to the magazine without digging himself into a deeper legal hole.
She walked in to get some papers signed for another case. “I looked at him and I just went, ‘My God, this person is the most depressed person I’ve ever seen,’ ” she told the bar court. Two years later, a mutual friend introduced them. She was skeptical, but they started dating, putting him “on probation.” If she sensed he was untrustworthy, she was gone. And then she says she “fell in love with him.”
In 2001, after she had moved to New York to pursue writing, Hilden woke up in a hospital emergency room and, she said, “He was instantly, immediately there.” He drove from Washington to New York every weekend during her seven tough months of recovery from colitis. “He put up with me even though I was not in a great mood because I was just dead sick,” Hilden told the court. During early parts of their relationship, he seemed traumatized and insecure and often woke up with nightmares.
He always seemed to be looking for affirmation, which she found “a bit irritating.” Now, she says, he has matured and gained confidence, and she considers him her “life partner.” Their relationship wouldn’t have lasted if he were not “completely honest” with her, she said. “I feel completely committed to Steve.” They only reason they haven’t married is one of principle: There will be no wedding until their gay friends can also get married, she said. When Hilden began dating Glass, one of her best friends was horrified.
Melanie Thernstrom, a contributor to the New York Times Magazine, said she tried to talk her out of seeing him. “As a journalist, I had very strong negative feelings about what he did, as the members of my community all did,” Thernstrom told the bar court. But he eventually won her over, too. “Getting to know him, I went from horrified to skeptical, and then grudging, like, ‘Well, he seems nice but he probably isn’t, you know, deep down. Maybe it’s all an act.’ ” Over the years, she said, it slowly dawned on her that “he is really a wonderful person.”
She added, “This journey I took from horror to affirmation is one I saw every one of Julie’s friends go through over the years, and there is not a single friend of hers now who doesn’t feel the same way I do.” She has so much trust in Glass that in 2009, she and her husband asked Hilden and Glass to be the godparents of their children, she said. Glass has undergone extensive therapy in Washington and New York, as well as in Los Angeles, where he still sees two therapists.
He long ago ended his compulsive lying, they say, but he continues to work on rebuilding his life. As part of that process, he wrote his book and about 100 letters of apology to the people he harmed with his fabrications. Bradley, who met Glass for coffee, forgives him for fudging at least three of the articles Bradley edited at George magazine. But because the apology letters came when Glass had a book coming out and was trying to gain admission to the New York Bar, Bradley considers them self-serving. He told CNN he was disappointed.
“I wasn’t reassured. I wanted to be reassured,” he said. He wanted to hear a heartfelt apology. “There were things he could have done to show more genuine regret,” Bradley added. “He could have written a memoir, not a novel.” Glass’ lawyers point out that if his motives were truly selfish, he would have sent a computer-generated mass mailing and kept copies. Instead, he wrote each letter out by hand, tailoring it to an individual. Friends who knew him at the time say it was exhausting and agonizing for him.
After Glass and Hilden moved to Los Angeles in 2004, he applied for jobs at law firms. One of his resumes crossed the desk of Paul Zuckerman, managing partner of a plaintiff’s litigation firm. He was impressed with the resume, but then he read the cover letter. “I was familiar with the story. I knew who he was. And I kind of laughed to myself and promptly deleted his resume,” Zuckerman told the bar court. But then he thought about his own struggle with alcohol, and how he’d come back from the brink.
“I sat there, which is unusual for me, to sit there and be reflective during the day. I have been a liar in my life. I myself have had some problems and have had difficulties that I’ve overcome, and I’ve been given a very big second chance, and I thought that I was being incredibly judgmental …” He invited Glass in for an interview. “I called him mainly because I felt … it was wrong for me to be judgmental and to throw somebody away without ever having given them a chance or ever having talked to them,” Zuckerman said.
Upon meeting Glass, he became convinced that he had gone through a genuine transformation. He could see the remorse in his eyes. He hired Glass on the spot, but at first, watched him closely. “When I first hired him, there was no way I was giving him my Social Security number and my mother’s maiden name,” Zuckerman told the California Bar. “He can have that today.” He advised Glass that his downfall ultimately would make him a better lawyer: “I’ve always found brilliance untempered by failure is pure arrogance but brilliance that has overcome failure can be truly useful to your fellow man,” he said.
He’s glad he opened his mind to Glass’ potential. Those who saw the promise in a 25-year-old fabulist may still feel the sting of disappointment and betrayal. But for Zuckerman and others who believe in redemption, the latest story by Stephen Glass is nothing short of fabulous. It’s about a man transformed. I love having him at the office because he is like my touchstone, my benchmark for honest and proper conduct. It’s like ‘What would Steve do?’ “

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