Steve Hart is a journalist and editor with interests in consumer finance, insurance, business, and real estate.

Steve’s career as a news reporter and feature writer began in the UK when he started writing freelance for his local evening newspaper in Southend-on-Sea.

Having completed his NCTJ training at Harlow College he was appointed as a regional editor at a newspaper group based in Basildon. Within a few years he became group chief sub editor, and then deputy editor at the paper which – at the time – published 14 regional editions and had a combined weekly distribution of more than one million copies.

Steve worked as a news reporter at BBC Essex radio as well as commercial station Essex Radio. In addition he hosted the breakfast show at Radio Basildon.

There was a sideways move into corporate communications in the late 90s when he joined Norwegian engineering firm Kvaerner – working at its London and Oslo offices as well as undertaking reporting assignments all over the world. He left to join award-winning contract publishing house Barkers Trident Communications as managing editor at its Canary Wharf office.

In 1999 Steve accepted a role at the New Zealand Herald as chief sub editor of its daily business section. A succession of senior editorial roles followed until he left in 2007 to work freelance.

Steve has produced three documentaries, launched his first podcast in 2009, and has hosted numerous syndicated radio shows including The Steve Hart Radio Show (news and interviews).

Professional experience

  • Journalist and researcher
  • Podcast post production
  • Magazine editor
  • WordPress

Editorial roles since 2000

  • NZ Herald – Chief sub editor, Business section. Editor of the Career section; Travel section; Herald Homes; and managing editor Custom Publications
  • Demm Engineering & Manufacturing magazine (contract editor)
  • Publisher/editor Viewfinder magazine and website
  • D-Photo, photography magazine (contract editor)
  • NZ Investor magazine and website (contract editor)
  • Freelance writer for a wide range of business and trade titles