Steven and Jillian knew of each other for years thanks to close friends in common. The first time they spoke was over the phone, when Jillian helped Steven prepare for a radio interview about a University of Michigan-based story. They later met in person, when Steven came to Ann Arbor to visit Richard, his close childhood friend and Jillian's housemate. They stayed in touch through podcast recommendations and Facebook messages for the next several months. When Jillian began applying for her first real job at The Huffington Post, Steven, who was already employed there, gave her some inside information. They began hanging out more inside and outside of the office when Jillian moved to New York. A few months later, they started dating and the rest, as they say, is history!