Steven R. Fidel graduated from Brigham Young University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. While attending BYU he was a student reporter and a photo editor for The Universe, the campus newspaper. After graduating he worked as a multi-platform reporter for both KSL and The Deseret News. In 2001 he returned to BYU as a faculty member of the Department of Communications and taught News Writing and News Research Methods classes.
In 2012 Fidel became the director of The Universe news lab. Steve and his wife are the parents of four children; in his spare time Fidel enjoys restoring muscle cars. His employment as a reporter has taken him to every continent.