David Steinberg was only 14 and just finishing middle school when his first crossword was published by The New York Times, making him the then second-youngest constructor to be published during Will Shortz's editorship.
Since bursting onto the crossword scene in 2011, he has published more than 450 puzzles in The New York Times (including the New York Times crossword app), the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsday, Fireball Crosswords, The Orange County Register, Daily Celebrity Crossword, The Crosswords Club, the American Values Club Crossword, BuzzFeed, 10-4 Magazine, The Jerusalem Post, and the Andrews McMeel Syndicate, as well as in books including Simon & Schuster's "Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #14," "Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #15," and "Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #16"; "Twenty Under Thirty"; "The American Red Crossword Book"; and, most notably, his first book of crosswords, "Chromatics" (Puzzazz, 2012), and second book, "Juicy Crosswords from The Orange County Register" (Sterling Publishing/Puzzlewright Press, 2016).
At the age of 15, David became the crossword editor of the Orange County Register associated newspapers, making him the youngest crossword editor ever. After editing a weekly crossword feature there for five years, he became the editor of The Puzzle Society Crossword, a daily nationally syndicated feature for Andrews McMeel Universal.
David is also the founder and director of The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project, a collaborative effort to build a digitized, fully analyzable database of the 16,225 New York Times crossword puzzles published before Will Shortz became editor. He was named 2012 Person of the Year on XWord Info for this project and awarded a $25,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship in 2013 and First Place in Quill and Scroll's 2014 International Writing and Photo Contest - Blogging Competition.
David has spoken to audiences across North America about crossword puzzles and his crossword activities, including a 2015 appearance at ideacity, the TED-like annual conference in Toronto billed as "Canada's Premier Meeting of the Minds."
In his spare time David attends as many puzzle events as possible and won First Place in the C Division of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in 2015. He runs a custom crossword business and is a student at Stanford University, where he has built crosswords for Stanford Magazine and The Stanford Daily.
To learn more about David, visit his website at www.davidsteinbergcrosswords.com.