Stephen Bates graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in government and went on to earn his J.D. from Harvard Law School. In 1995, he was appointed Associate Independent Counsel to the Office of Independent Counsel. Bates wrote "The Starr Report," which Charlotte Hays selected as The Washington Post's number one best book of 1998: "A real page turner, 'The Starr Report' has everything: hubris, betrayal, a fascinating cast of characters, an interesting setting, high-stakes intrigue and an astounding story line about a man who risks so much for so little. I loved author Stephen Bates's wry and understated use of subtitles ...and found the writing in 'The Starr Report' quite novelistic. For my money, the best scandal book of 1998, hands down."
Bates's books include Battleground: One Mother's Crusade, the Religious Right, and the Struggle for Control of Our Classrooms; If No News, Send Rumors: Anecdotes of American Journalism; and, with Edwin Diamond, The Spot: The Rise of Political Advertising on Television. He has published articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The National Review, and The New Republic, and was an editor of the Wilson Quarterly. He is an associate professor at UNLV.