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Steve Winn
Communications Director

Steve Winn is the communications director for The Concord Coalition. He handles media requests and works with the organization’s policy experts in preparing issue briefs, blogs, op-ed articles and broadcast commentary. He edits the newsletter that Concord usually publishes each week Congress is in session.

Winn also speaks to college classes, community groups and other organizations about the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges. He is involved with Concord’s grassroots programs around the country, working with the organization’s field staff and local partners in presenting public forums and deficit-reduction exercises. He arranges briefings for newspaper editorial boards and other journalists.

Winn has taught courses on the media, politics and American society at Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies in the Kansas City area.

Before joining Concord in 2009, he held several reporting and editing positions during a 30-year career at The Kansas City Star. As the paper’s deputy editorial page editor, he frequently wrote about national politics, economics, health care policy and the need for fiscal reform.

Winn has a master's degree in liberal arts with an emphasis in history from Baker University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

The Concord Coalition is a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility and reform. It was founded in 1992 by Peter G. Peterson, former U.S. commerce secretary; Warren Rudman, a Republican senator from New Hampshire, and Paul Tsongas, a former Democratic senator from Massachusetts.

Recent Publications

Calls for More Sustainable Budget Policies at Concord Coalition Forum
July 03, 2017
A group of prominent economists and experts on the federal budget warned at The Concord Coalition's 25th Anniversary forum that the government is on an unsustainable fiscal course that puts the country’s future at risk and could place an unfair burden on the next generation.
Time to Reform the Debt Limit
June 27, 2017
Congress has a curious way of doing financial business: It agrees to spend money and then periodically threatens not to pay the resulting bills. It is a bizarre and potentially dangerous political ritual, unique among national governments around the world, that involves the statutory federal debt limit. Yet another crisis over raising that limit is looming, and it comes at a time when elected officials in Washington seem to have trouble meeting even their most basic budgetary responsibilities.
Legislative Concerns About Trump's Budget
June 07, 2017
The federal government’s financial problems are so large that all parts of the budget -- from entitlements to defense spending to tax breaks -- should be considered “on the table” for fiscal reform discussions. Comprehensive, lasting reform will require substantial public sacrifice. As responsible elected officials in both parties have long recognized, this burden will need to be widely shared. Proposals that fail to spread the burden lack both mathematical and political credibility.