Steve Rom is a nationally credited journalist with added experience in radio and public speaking. He is involved in aiding and inspiring millions dealing with cancer with his writing contributions to Coping with Cancer magazine, as well as his affiliation with the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link in Dearborn, Mich., and on the national speaking board of the City of Hope National Cancer Research Center.

Steve holds a BA in economics from the University of Michigan and an AA in graphic design from Santa Monica ( Calif.) College. He also owns a pedigree in life thanks to his many experiences while growing up as an only child in Los Angeles.

Steve has worked as a musician, an accountant, a computer animator (at Sony Pictures in Culver City, Calif.), and as a chef. Ultimately, he found his true passion in writing, specifically stories that help other people.

After learning his craft as a staff sports reporter at the Ann Arbor ( Mich.) News from 1999-2003, Steve moved on to the Arizona Daily Sun, a Pulitzer Newspaper serving Flagstaff and Northern Arizona. From 2003-04, he wrote a weekly sports column, “Rounding the Edges,” and was a weekly co-host of “Out Of Bounds,” an afternoon sports-talk radio show on KVNA in Flagstaff, Ariz.

As a reporter, Steve has written two national stories, his first while a student reporter at The Michigan Daily. He has also hosted writing workshops for the Arizona-based, non-profit organization, “Authors In School,” and has been a guest speaker at high school and university journalism classes in California, Arizona, and Michigan.

Steve owns eight writing awards (Associated Press Managing Editors and Arizona Press Club) and has contributed to several major newspapers around the country, including the Los Angeles Times, Daily News ( L.A.), Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Arizona Republic, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Palm Beach Post, Salt Lake Tribune, Grand Rapids ( Mich.) Press, and more.

In June 2005, Steve spoke to more than 1,500 people at the City of Hope’s National Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration in Duarte, Calif. Steve gave a passionate, heartfelt speech about the power of teamwork, and how it helped his fight against cancer. It was a fight, thanks to the help he received from his best friend, co-author, and lifelong brother, Rod Payne, Steve eventually won -- hand’s down!


Rod Payne first attracted national attention while playing center for the University of Michigan football teams from 1992-96. One of Rod’s most revered moments in Ann Arbor occurred during the 1995 season.

He broke his right wrist during a game against rival Michigan State. Instead of quitting, he had it reset and taped up at halftime and snapped the ball the rest of the game—and hereto the rest of the season—with his left hand.

Since then, a poster-size photograph of Rod and his right hand wrapped in tape as he’s about to snap the ball in that game sells in gift shops in Ann Arbor. For unselfish moments like these, Rod’s teammates voted him Most Valuable Player following his senior season, a campaign in which he also was co-captain and earned All-American honors.

Rod, who was also a two-time All-Big Ten selection, was the first center chosen in the 1996 NFL draft, by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played three years with the Bengals before completing his NFL career with the 2000 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

After retiring, Rod co-hosted a daily sports-talk radio show in Ann Arbor (WTKA). He also appeared Sundays on FOX TV’s Detroit affiliate, WDIV, on its weekend wrap-up show, “Sportsnight.” Two years later, Rod taught at Ypsilanti ( Mich.) High School, where he ran the “Education Zone,” a special-education classroom dedicated to tutoring and supplying special assistance to emotionally challenged students.

Rod has since returned to his native South Florida, where he is a featured speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He spoke at the 2005 FCA Orange Bowl team prayer breakfast in Miami, and hosted a private chapel service for the Oklahoma football team, which played in the Orange Bowl against eventual national champion USC.

Rod appears each Friday at the Seminal Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., from 4-7 p.m. on WFLL 1400-AM, ESPN Radio’s South Florida station, with veteran talk-show host Anita Marks.

Steve can be reached at steve@centeredbyamiracle.com ; Rod at rod@centeredbyamiracle.com