Pete Steffens, journalism professor emeritus at Western Washington University, speaks to a group of historians in England. Photo by Valerie Alia
Pete Steffens and Valerie Alia. Photo from Pete Steffens' Facebook page
Pete Steffens in front of the Humanities Building on the WWU campus. Photo courtesy of WWU University Archives and Records Center
Pete Steffens with his first wife, Ella, at Berkeley. Photo courtesy of Sivan Steffens
Pete Steffens and his second wife, Valerie Alia, at the Bellingham marina. Photo courtesy of Ted Stannard
Pete Steffens at The Western Front's annual picnic in 1976. Photo courtesy of Ted Stannard
Pete Steffens, at left, with (back row, left to right) daughter Daneet, wife Ella and daughter Sivan. Seated are the Oscar-winning Hollywood screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart, Steffens' stepfather, and Steffens' mother, Ella Winter, in London in 1979. Photo courtesy of Sivan Steffens
Pete Steffens and his step-granddaughter, Mary Margaret. Photo courtesy of Valerie Alia
Pete Steffens, visible in the lower right corner, is shown covering for Time magazine a 1960 rally addressed by Nobel chemistry prizewinner and peace activist Dr. Linus Pauling. Photo courtesy of Robert Carl Cohen, with whom Steffens was friends for nearly 50 years. "I regret not having taken more photos of him," Cohen says.
Pete "Trust me, I'm a reporter" Steffens wearing one of his trademark funny T shirts. Photo courtesy of Sivan Steffens.
Pete Steffens, left, and Ted Stannard. The two helped co-found the journalism department at Western in 1976. Photo courtesy of Western associate journalism professor Tim Pilgrim
Pete Steffens in 2008. Photo courtesy of Western associate journalism professor Tim Pilgrim
Sivan Steffens remembers vividly the day she asked her dad about priorities. She was 10, maybe 11, and tucked into the dinner table with her sister, Daneet, and her parents Pete and Ella.
“Different people have different things that are most important to them,” her dad told her. “And they make their decisions in life, they organize their lives, around those important things.”
Sivan, beginning in her own life to feel the pressures of adolescence, of having eventually to make her own decisions, pressed for more.