The 59 top technology reporters every public relations pro should know

  • Technology has caused sweeping societal change, leading news outlets alike to ramp up their tech coverage.
  • Keeping track of these journalists is hard for PR pros, given how quickly coverage areas change.
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Technology is one of the most dynamic beats in journalism today. Outlets like The Washington Post are expanding their tech teams, new publications like Protocol are launching, and established journalists like Casey Newton are striking out on their own to chronicle the inner workings of tech companies and how tech is changing politics, business, and culture.

But keeping track of these journalists and what they cover is difficult for public relations pros, given how quickly coverage areas change.

Insider identified 59 of the most influential tech journalists working today through our original reporting. We leaned toward reporters known for authoritative scoops, investigations, and profiles that have had big impacts, like federal or internal investigations, the introduction of legislation, or wide social reach.

The journalists come from established tech publications like TechCrunch, mainstream news giants like The New York Times, and startups and solo practitioners like Protocol and Eric Newcomer, respectively.

This list by no means includes every top tech journalist out there. We stayed away from journalists who are predominantly editors, on-air commentators, and columnists, and didn’t include our own tech stars like Eugene Kim, Meghan Morris, and Rob Price.

Scroll down to see the list in alphabetical order by last name, along with a description of their coverage areas and examples of their work and awards.

1. Reed Albergotti, consumer electronics reporter, The Washington Post

Albergotti has revealed how social media platforms may unwittingly host sexual offenders. In 2019, he found more than 1,500 complaints of unwanted sexual approaches were made against social networking companies like Monkey, Yubo, and other apps, which are hosted on Apple’s App Store, with some cases involving children.

Albergotti also follows the most infamous cases in Silicon Valley, including Google’s lawsuit against Anthony Levandowski, app store Cydia’s suit against Apple on grounds of anti-competition, and Apple’s attempts to shut down security research firm Corellium.

Albergotti published a story in 2019 about how an iPhone supplier relies on the forced labor of Uighur workers in China and another about Apple’s bid to weaken a bill aimed at stopping forced labor in the country.

2. Bobby Allyn, business reporter, NPR

Allyn has a wide-ranging beat that tackles all the biggest stories happening in tech today, whether it’s Twitter permanently banning former President Trump or Google employees protesting the firing of an AI researcher.

He’s also written about Parler firing its CEO following a fight with conservative Rebekah Mercer, a 25 year-old woman who mistakenly keeps getting calls meant for Elon Musk, and Rob Monster, who is CEO of web services company Epik, which supports InfoWars, Fab, and Parler.

3. Dina Bass, tech reporter and Seattle bureau chief, Bloomberg

Bass has established herself as a prominent journalist covering Microsoft, helping write a feature about its resurgence under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella with a growing cloud business and a market cap topping $1 trillion.

She’s written about Microsoft’s race to commercialize the quantum computer, its call for lawmakers to review Apple’s App Store, and how its Xbox console reshaped the gaming industry.

Outside Microsoft, she’s written about Salesforce’s efforts to sell its cloud services for vaccine-related rollout initiatives, Google’s ongoing investigation into the dismissal of a top AI researcher, and Amazon’s new local cloud products.

During the pandemic, she examined how elderly Americans who aren’t digital savvy struggle to get vaccines.

Her accolades include two 2019 Northwest Excellence in Journalism awards for technology reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists and a 2019 National Association of Real Estate Editors award.

4. Mark Bergen, reporter, Bloomberg

Bergen focuses his coverage on the Alphabet companies. He spearheaded a story about the internal debate at YouTube among executives who prioritized engagement at the expense of allowing conspiracy theories and radicalism to spread.

Bergen’s also written about creators on the site, profiling the leader of a channel devoted to children’s content and merchandise; and why climate science content struggles to find an audience on YouTube.

He provided a view into internal drama at Google when a group of software engineers refused to work on a security feature that would’ve helped the company win military contracts. He also wrote about the exit of a prominent employee who organized a walkout and its antitrust struggles.

He’s at work on a book about YouTube.

5. Johana Bhuiyan, tech accountability reporter, Los Angeles Times

A former senior editor at Recode, Bhuiyan writes about how tech impacts “real people as well as civil liberties.” She wrote an investigation exposing how Amazon withheld customer tips from delivery drivers to cover expenses for other drivers, which led to a $61.7 million settlement with the FTC.

Another story she wrote covered how the pandemic has affected workers for grocery delivery company Instacart. She also explored how Uber workers and riders are being affected by a California bill that would reclassify them as workers and extend labor protections.

6. Nick Bilton, special correspondent, Vanity Fair

Bilton frequently weighs in on tech’s impact on society, arguing, for example, Twitter should’ve suspended Trump sooner.

He provided vivid details of the intense debate between Twitter’s employees and leaders over how it should handle Trump’s sometimes incendiary comments on its platform.

Bilton also writes about the lifestyles of the rich elite in technology, such as the private jets and cars they buy and the cities where they’ve fled in the wake of the pandemic.

He’s also profiled some of tech’s brightest stars, including Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey, the latter in a book called “Hatching Twitter.” He wrote a book about the origins of The Silk Road, a website on the Dark Web where people sell contraband.

7. Shannon Bond, tech correspondent, NPR

Since joining NPR in 2019, Bond has written about how the biggest technology companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Uber transform how we live, work, and communicate.

She profiled Willy Solis, a grocery delivery worker who organized walkouts and protests for better pay and safety rules at Shipt, revealing insight about the gig economy.

She’s produced pieces about how the Biden Administration will tackle some of the wide-ranging regulatory issues facing tech like anti-monopoly lawsuits and censorship rules and how the social media giants like Facebook and Twitter will tamp down on misinformation on their platforms. 

8. Nellie Bowles, domestic correspondent, The New York Times

Bowles has put the bewildering communities and trends on the Internet under a microscope, studying how they affect our society.

Her reporting uncovered how sexual predators use multiplayer games and chat apps to meet their victims and tech companies’ strong dislike of then-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

She’s written features about how Silicon Valley adjusted to an IPO fizzle, how PragerU is trying to convert Gen Zers to right-wing politics, and the rise of a new kind of consultant whose “business is borrowing from religious tradition to bring spiritual richness to corporate America.”

Bowles, investigative reporter Michael H. Keller, and deputy investigations editor Gabriel J.X. Dance received a 2020 Gerald Loeb award for investigative journalism for their work uncovering the exponential growth of child pornography online, which led to a bipartisan bill in the House and Senate.

She’s working on a book of essays across a variety of topics.

9. Tim Bradshaw, global tech correspondent, Financial Times

London-based Bradshaw covers tech in the US, Europe, and Asia markets.

He produced scoops about the UK building a second coronavirus contact-tracing app, investigating whether it should pull an app it developed or switch to the model proposed by Apple and Google. He also wrote about Apple’s efforts to build its own search engine to compete with Google.

Bradshaw covered tech and ecommerce trends that the pandemic accelerated and will reshape urban centers. Other e-commerce stories have focused on Shopify and Thrasio.

He’s also written about the gaming industry including companies like Supercell.

10. Ashley Carman, senior reporter, The Verge

Carman wrote about how the nascent podcast medium is struggling to moderate content.

Carman covered forays by legacy media companies like Condé Nast Entertainment into podcasts and how it treats its producers, as well as new entities like investment firm PodFund. She’s also written about the major podcast players like Spotify and its acquisitions like Megaphone and disputes with podcast hosts.

Outside podcasts, she profiled an entrepreneur who was under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, who alleged he spent money he raised through a crowdfunding campaign for a botched project on personal expenses.

11. Biz Carson, reporter, Protocol

Focusing on startups and venture capital, Carson broke news about direct-to-consumer retailer Brandless going out of business, becoming the first venture funded by SoftBank’s Vision Fund to fail.

Carson also wrote about a new model pioneered by Sweat Equity Ventures, where its partners advise potential investments in exchange for equity instead of cash, how Trump’s order banning federal contractors from diversity and inclusion training would affect tech companies, and Expensify’s CEO encouraging employees to vote for Biden.

At the start of the pandemic, Carson wrote about Zoom-hosted layoffs sweeping tech companies like Compass and Airbnb. For years, Carson reported on Uber as the ride-hailing app navigated some perilous years during a CEO transition.

She previously reported for Forbes and Insider.

12. Rory Cellan-Jones, tech correspondent, BBC

A longtime vet of the BBC, Cellan-Jones has covered tech since the late 1990’s dotcom bubble. Today, he’s host of the podcast, Tech Tent, where he touches on all the biggest tech stories in the world.

Lately, Cellan-Jones has been covering 5G and the proliferation of conspiracy theorists around the cellular network technology. Through the pandemic, he charted the UK’s efforts to contain the coronavirus through a contact tracing app; after that failed, the government turned to a new system created by Apple and Google.

13. Kate Clark, reporter, The Information

The TechCrunch and PitchBook News vet has extended her streak as one of the top venture capital and startup reporters since she joined The Information in 2020.

She wrote about how Silicon Valley made 2020 one of its best years ever for deals despite the pandemic. When animosity against Robinhood rose among retail investors, Clark interviewed the CEO of a competing trading app, Public.

Clark also wrote about how a startup called HeadSpin planned on returning $95 million in funding to investors following an internal probe of financial irregularities. She covers big venture capital firms like Benchmark and Sequoia and their investments in the fastest-rising startups.

Clark broke news on how Benchmark bested rivals like Andreessen Horowitz and Lightspeed Venture Partners for a stake in a social media app Popshop Live and how Sequoia secured a stake in the much-sought after software company Zapier for a multibillion dollar valuation.

14. Kate Conger, reporter, The New York Times

Over the past couple years, Conger has written story after story about how social media companies are changing their platforms to tamp down on misinformation and address privacy concerns.

Conger also has a special focus on Twitter and Uber. She and colleague Mike Isaac published a behind-the-scenes look at how top execs at Twitter permanently banned President Trump following the U.S. Capitol insurrection. She chronicled Uber’s struggles getting into the self-driving car business and ride hailing companies’ labor issues like the passing of Prop 22 in California.

Conger also wrote about Google employees pushing back against the company doing work they saw as unethical and unionization efforts at the Alphabet company.

15. Joseph Cox, senior staff writer, Vice/Motherboard

Cox has a wide-ranging beat, but specializes in surveillance and privacy issues.

He’s written about departments at Snap that access user data, which employees have abused to spy on users, and how Amazon Web Services helped a firm sell location data through its platform.

His pieces have also offered looks inside social media giants that have navigated thorny free speech issues like a closed-door meeting between Twitter execs, including CEO Jack Dorsey, and President Trump. Cox also wrote about the US military buying location data and an Avast subsidiary that sells users’ browsing data.

16. Sam Dean, staff writer, Los Angeles Times

Dean covers technology in California’s lesser known tech hub, Los Angeles.

He wrote about rich home buyers’ new fad, air filtration systems, a new company called PopID that allows users to make payments through facial recognition, and Amazon’s hiring spree during the pandemic when one employee died from COVID after only two weeks on the job.

Dean wrote about Tony Hsieh’s vision to turn Las Vegas into a “tech utopia.” He also interviewed Brian Calle about buying the Village Voice.

17. Jason Del Rey, senior correspondent, Recode

Del Rey covers commerce for Recode, a part of Vox. He writes about the changing nature of how we shop, Amazon, and is writing a book about the rivalry between Amazon and Walmart.

His most popular stories include an oral history of how former CEO Jeff Bezos created Amazon Prime, a call Bezos made to Mike Bloomberg about the former New York Mayor running for president, and Paul Davis, one of the company’s first employees, saying the tech giant should be broken up.

Del Rey wrote about Walmart’s stealth efforts to build a competitor to Amazon Prime and how online shoppers can help food and grocery delivery workers. He also hosts a podcast series about Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google.

18. Megan Rose Dickey, senior reporter, TechCrunch

Through her newsletter, Human Capital, Dickey covers all the latest stories about diversity and inclusion and labor in the tech industry, including internal and external pushback at Google after it fired a top AI ethics researcher.

Her beat has gained relevance as more tech workers at companies like Alphabet try to form labor unions and after Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.

Dickey has also written about new social platforms like Something Good, a community for people of color; and where the electric scooter industry is going as city governments contemplate more regulations.

Dickey was previously a reporter at Insider.

19. Cyrus Farivar, investigative tech reporter, NBC News

Farivar has built a career by examining the good, bad, and strange ways technology has wrought change throughout society, authoring books like “The Internet of Elsewhere” and “Habeas Data.”

Farivar also examined how people have become addicted to apps that offer casino-style games and lost millions. In 2019, Farivar and Olivia Solon, tech investigations editor at NBC, won the technology reporting award from the Society of Professional Journalists, northern California chapter, for their stories about privacy, facial recognition, and other areas.

20. Sheera Frenkel, cybersecurity correspondent, The New York Times

Frenkel covers cybersecurity and written numerous investigations about Facebook, contributing to a multi-byline story about how the social media giant battled crises in 2018 by delaying, denying, and deflecting.

She covered the Facebook walkout in the summer of 2020 as employees protested its response to controversial posts from then-President Trump and how the company later responded to growing criticism from within and outside its walls.

More recently, she reported on right-wing extremists organized the Capitol insurrection on social media and its ripple effects in the months after.

She’s co-authoring a book called “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Dominion” with her colleague, Cecilia Kang, which is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2021.

21. Ina Fried, chief technology correspondent, Axios

Fried has a wide-ranging purview covering the most important issues affecting tech giants like Samsung, Google, and Facebook.

Covering tech from both a regulatory and innovation lens, Fried’s stories have ranged from Oracle and Walmart’s takeover of TikTok’s US operations to Google’s investigations of the exits of two AI ethicists. She’s the author of Axios’ tech newsletter, “Login.” Before Axios, Fried was a founder and senior editor at Recode.

22. Sarah Frier, senior technology reporter, Bloomberg

Frier focuses on Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. Her book, “No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram,” chronicles the company’s rise and impact, and won the 2020 Financial Times & McKinsey business book of the year award.

She wrote about how Facebook planned to counter lawmakers’ arguments that it should be regulated and employee alarm that the company could be appeasing people in power.

Frier also reported on how platforms try to tamp down on misinformation and Snap’s efforts to boost the amount of content its creators make for Spotlight videos.

In February, Frier tweeted she was transitioning from daily beat coverage to a senior role where she’ll write about tech more broadly.

23. Sidney Fussell, senior staff writer, Wired

At Wired, Fussell writes about surveillance, adtech, and Silicon Valley’s impact on society and politics.

As Black Lives Matter protest spread across the world, Fussell explored the surveillance tools that tech giants like Amazon sell to law enforcement and their potential to misidentify darker-skinned people; and a movement among city governments to ban police from using facial recognition.

He wrote about racial disparities in who is and isn’t getting a coronavirus vaccine, how certain kinds of data end up in the police’s hands, and the pandemic’s effects on how crisis counselors do their jobs.

While at The Atlantic, Fussell wrote about racial bias in facial recognition technology and the controversial ways some companies have tried to correct the problem.

24. Tomio Geron, reporter, Protocol

The author of Protocol’s Pipeline newsletter, Geron covers the ins and outs of venture capital and startups.

The stakes for Geron’s beat, fintech, have increased astronomically following the GameStop short squeeze. Geron, who started working at Protocol at the end of 2020, covers some of the hottest names in fintech like Affirm, whose IPO is raising alarm bells it could contribute to growing debt.

Geron came from The Wall Street Journal, where he covered the venture capital firms and broke stories about cryptocurrency companies like Ripple.

25. Jack Gillum, senior reporter, ProPublica

Since joining ProPublica in 2018, Gillum has used his investigative skills to uncover vulnerabilities in the US election system, finding security gaps in an app used to count votes in the 2020 Iowa Caucuses in 2020.

In a joint investigation with German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, Gillum also reported that millions of patient data are “unprotected” on the internet and can be viewed by anyone with free software programs.

He also wrote about how a $2.2 million cybersecurity system could’ve prevented the SolarWinds hack, a Capitol riot suspect who tried to organize a militia on a private Telegram group, and how 15 large companies received more than $500 million in COVID relief funds intended for smaller companies.

Gillum tweeted he will pivot his coverage toward Facebook and TikTok in 2021.

26. Erin Griffith, correspondent, The New York Times

Griffith covers the nuts and bolts of tech beat reporting like IPOs and mergers and acquisitions, but her stories have also illuminated cultural rifts at some of the hottest startups.

She has written about Pinterest employees’ demands for greater racial and gender equality and unfair treatment of some employees at $3 billion fintech startup Carta.

Griffith chronicled the fears inside Silicon Valley as the coronavirus spread. She also wrote about how employees grappled with layoffs as startup companies’ glowing ethos clashed with reality.

27. Mark Gurman, reporter, Bloomberg

Gurman writes about major consumer tech companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple. As a former reporter for 9to5Mac, he’s specialized in Apple, breaking news on forthcoming products like its new iPhone and VR headset.

Gurman wrote about how Apple CEO Tim Cook turned the tech giant into a “$2.3 trillion fortress” and its plans to develop 6G wireless. He’s also written about the internal culture, publishing Cook’s memo to Apple employees following the death of George Floyd and new face masks it developed for workers.

Gurman also published a story about how Amazon negotiated a deal for its App Store to host Amazon Prime by halving its fee. Besides Apple, Gurman wrote about Amazon’s wireless earbuds and how Google is exploring ways to protect user privacy through a new anti-tracking feature.

28. Anthony Ha, senior writer, TechCrunch

Ha covers all the latest deals and developments in the media and advertising industries.

Over the past few months, Ha has been on top of the growing trend in which media and advertising companies like Taboola and Group Nine go public through SPACs. He’s also covered the streaming wars and new funding raises for startups like Good Eggs, Literati, and You & Mrs. Jones.

Ha also writes the Daily Crunch newsletter and co-hosts the Original Content podcast.

29. Alex Heath, reporter, The Information

Heath carved out a beat covering social media companies like Facebook, Snap, and Twitter. Lately, he’s been writing about the increasing competition between Facebook and Apple.

The House’s antitrust report on Big Tech last summer cited two of Heath’s stories, one about Facebook’s secret research showing that users were posting too much on Instagram and WhatsApp would hurt its core app; and the other about how Google taps data from Android to monitor how users interact with non-Google apps.

Heath was formerly a senior reporter at Cheddar and Insider.

In 2018, Heath was a recipient of the SABEW’s Larry Birger Award, which recognizes excellence in business journalists under 30.

30. Mike Isaac, technology correspondent, The New York Times

One of tech journalism’s highest profile Uber reporters, Isaac covered the rapid ascent of the ride hailing giant and uncovered a litany of scandals, including its use of an app called Greyball to operate in markets where it was banned. He profiled former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and wrote the book “Super Pumped: the Battle for Uber.”

Beyond Uber, Isaac profiled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the social media chief tries to show he’s grown as a leader during the pandemic, and delivered scoops on Instagram’s cofounders leaving and former Twitter employees working as Saudi spies. Isaac received the Gerald Loeb Award in June 2018 for those efforts.

31. Peter Kafka, senior correspondent, Recode

Longtime tech journalist Kafka has covered the overlap between media and tech with stories about Spotify’s aggressive growth in podcasts when it acquired Gimlet and The Ringer and the streaming wars as media companies like Disney take on big tech. He’s also written about Facebook’s initiative to pay publishers for the news content hosted on its platform.

With the departure of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos as CEO, Kafka gave his take on how the major tech companies have thrived without their founders, and he wrote about how being deplatformed will affect former President Trump.

Kafka hosts Recode Media — a podcast about Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google — and is co-executive producer of the Code Conference.

Previously, Kafka had a stint at Silicon Alley Insider, which later became Insider.

32. Alex Kantrowitz, founder, Big Technology

Kantrowitz is a former BuzzFeed News tech reporter who struck out on his own with a Substack newsletter. He is also an on-air contributor to CNBC, struck a two-year deal for speaking engagements, and launched a podcast to work on “big, impactful stories.”

His newsletter, Big Technology, focuses on Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft — the subjects of his book “Always Day One” — and has produced stories about what cities tech workers are migrating to, Big Tech’s “manipulation” of newspapers’ op-ed sections, cost cuts at the Federal Trade Commission, and increasing discontent with workplace chat apps like Slack at tech companies.

His reporting is also syndicated through Medium’s OneZero.

33. Kia Kokalitcheva, technology reporter, Axios

Kokalitcheva writes a wide range of stories about tech and venture capital for tech companies in Silicon Valley. She’s covered fundraises for startups like Spin, which raised $125 million through a security token offering, and venture capital firms like Footwork.

She’s broken news about Slack financing and launching a $50 million venture capital fund by itself, Uber’s talks to sell its air taxi business, and the revenue online banking company Chime generates through out-of-network ATMs.

She’s also written on tech employees fleeing the Bay Area during the pandemic and Coinbase employees walking out of an “ask me anything” session when the CEO declined to publicly support Black Lives Matter.

34. Lora Kolodny, tech reporter, CNBC

Kolodny covers robotics, vehicles, and mobility, and is one of the top reporters reporting on Tesla and CEO Elon Musk.

She’s covered regulatory scrutiny of Tesla for fire risks related to its batteries and driver safety issues around its autopilot system. She also hits on internal issues like when sales employees asked for higher base salaries.

She covered Tesla extensively through the pandemic when it dismissed contractors for some factories, slashed pay and furloughed hourly workers, and laid the groundwork to resume operations.

Besides Tesla, she’s written about other emerging mobility businesses like Volkswagen’s QuantumScape and Amazon’s electric delivery vans as well as state governments’ efforts to boost growth in electric and hydrogen vehicles.

35. Timothy B. Lee, senior tech policy reporter, Ars Technica

Covering technology policy, AI, and the future of transportation, Lee has written about Twitter’s decision not to take action against a tweet from the Chinese government praising its suppression of Uighurs.

He wrote how jails are replacing in-person visits with video calls and produced a deep dive on how Qualcomm dominated the cellular chip business. He wrote about creating a deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg with only $552 in two weeks.

He’s also looked at the future of transportation, with the effect falling battery costs will have on cleaner energy alternatives, and updated readers on Tesla’s progress in self-driving tech.

36. Alexandra S. Levine, reporter, Politico

Author of Politico’s daily newsletter Morning Tech, Levine chronicles the fraught relationship between tech movers and shakers and the lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

She’s been part of interviews with Huawei as the Chinese tech company tries to retain a working relationship with DC, wrote about Facebook critics pushing to permanently ban President Trump, and wrote about growing scrutiny of TikTok.

Levine wrote about Vice President Kamala Harris’ potential impact on tech in terms of policy proposals and then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s criticism of Facebook.

Following the 2020 election, Levine wrote how tamping down on disinformation about COVID could be more challenging than election disinformation.

37. Ari Levy, senior tech reporter, CNBC

Levy profiles tech’s movers and shakers through stories about how Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman prepared the company for its IPO and Andy Jassy built the cloud computing business at Amazon.

He covers the tech business from a financial perspective as well, writing about Netflix becoming the highest-performing stock of the decade with a 4,000% return and Uber’s massive losses.

He tracked how the tech industry would be affected as companies cut leases and their workforce in the pandemic. When the Black Lives Matter movement spread, he asked Black tech CEOs how the death of George Floyd personally affected them.

He also wrote about Ben Kusin, an active Redditor on WallStreetBets who is the son of a GameStop cofounder; and tech companies ending their office leases.

38. Cristiano Lima, tech reporter, Politico

Lima covers the ins and outs of everything tech-related on Capitol Hill, writing about how a bipartisan alliance to reign in Big Tech was left in tatters after members of the GOP opposed certifying President Joe Biden’s victory.

The ensuing Capitol riot “inflamed” Democrats’ anger at tech companies and strengthened their resolve to tamp down on online extremism, according to Lima’s reporting. He also reported on Democrats calling on Biden to diversify the people he picks to oversee federal agencies regulating the tech industry.

He’s also covered all the Republican politicians that have joined conservative-friendly Parler and how social platforms like Reddit are moderating content.

39. Steve Lohr, technology and economics reporter, The New York Times

Lohr has written for The New York Times since the early 1990s on multiple industries, but a chunk of his reporting has zeroed in on Google, IBM, and Microsoft. In 1998, he was nominated for a Pulitzer for his coverage of Microsoft’s antitrust lawsuit.

He now covers antitrust lawsuits against tech giants like Google. With a focus on how technology is used, Lohr has written about how automation will affect the economy and the groups fighting for control of the internet domain, .org.

Lohr has interviewed Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the web, about the next stage of his career and written about new theories that a form of regulation is needed to reign in tech beyond anti-trust suits.

Lohr authored two books: “Data-ism: The Revolution Transforming Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, and Almost Everything Else” and “Go to: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Maverick Scientists, and Iconoclasts — the Programmers Who Created the Software Revolution.”

40. Taylor Lorenz, technology reporter, The New York Times

Lorenz has covered internet culture and the creator economy for more than a decade, treating the social media ecosystem of content as a business and tech story.

Lorenz wrote features about the GameStop short squeeze and Black influencers in Atlanta facing systemic racism, and investigated Shopify sites selling fake COVID cures. She’s also unearthed new trends like TikTok mansions going public on the stock market, written about the millions of dollars Snapchat is paying its users to post content, and unionization efforts for Instagram memers.

At The Atlantic, she wrote about what it’s like for parents to raise a social media star and investigated how an influencer-management platform lost thousands of dollars for dozens of creators. Forbes named her to its 40 under 40 list for media and entertainment.

41. Ryan Mac, senior tech writer, BuzzFeed

Mac has produced explosive reporting during his time at BuzzFeed News, including a recent article with colleague Rosie Gray on how The Trump Organization tried to negotiate a stake in Parler for Donald Trump if the then-president posted exclusively on the social network. That story led to a House investigation.

Following the Capitol insurrection in January 2020, he reported Amazon Web Services’ decided to cut off Parler with John Paczkowski, tech and business editor. With colleague Craig Silverman, he also wrote about Facebook’s inaction to remove ads promoting military products next to news about the riot.

Mac, Silverman, and tech reporter Pranav Dixit tag-teamed a story about how Facebook failed to prevent countries’ leaders from using the social network to manipulate voters, according to an internal memo.

Mac and Silverman just received the George Polk Award for their coverage on how Facebook failed to tamp down disinformation and content that incited violence.

42. Matt McFarland, writer, CNN Business

McFarland has focused on how technology is reshaping transportation through AI, autonomous vehicles, drones, and other forms of emerging mobility.

For example, he’s written about Waymo’s efforts to differentiate itself from auto companies and Pete Buttigieg’s challenges as Secretary of Transportation in integrating electric and autonomous vehicles.

He’s also written about Elon Musk’s project to build tunnels under Los Angeles for vehicles, why robots aren’t being used for delivery services at a widespread scale, and how cargo bikes increased in popularity during the pandemic.

43. Rani Molla, senior data reporter, Recode

Molla tells stories about the tech industry through data, charts, images, and maps.

She showed how SoulCycle’s attendance dipped after news broke that one of its investors was hosting a Trump fundraiser and wrote about the surge in popularity for anti-crime apps like Citizen by juxtaposing how many times they’ve been downloaded with lowering violent crime rates nationwide.

She also produced a story about the rising usage of work chat apps like Slack even as productivity levels failed to improve and a map about the biggest media owners today. She’s created a series on how the pandemic will affect the layout of work offices, why some of the physical changes have been delayed, and the future of work from home.

She also serves as a host on Vox’s podcast series, Land of the Giants.

44. Hannah Murphy, tech correspondent, Financial Times

Murphy covers social media giants like Facebook, privacy and cybersecurity issues, as well as cryptocurrencies and digital assets.

Her Facebook stories include exclusives like her report that the company was preparing for 70 potential scenarios in the runup to the 2020 election and a scoop where execs admitted it had a “trust deficit” on a call with about 200 advertisers during the 2020 ad boycott.

She also reported on TikTok’s plans to compete with Facebook in US e-commerce and offered a peak inside Facebook’s club for its biggest advertisers.

45. Stephen Nellis, tech correspondent, Reuters

Nellis covers Apple, autonomous driving hardware, and the semiconductor industry, keeping readers up to date on the company’s upcoming products like its AirPods Max and the new iPhone.

He’s written about Apple’s plans to create a self-driving car by 2024, the company’s move to store Chinese users’ iCloud accounts in China, and its supply chain’s reliance on China.

He broke news about Amazon’s efforts to retain employees at a self-driving car startup, Zoox, it acquired in 2020; and Arm, a Softbank-owned semiconductor tech supplier, raising licensing fees for some customers.

46. Eric Newcomer, founder, Newcomer.co

After six years at Bloomberg, Newcomer struck out on his own with his own newsletter. His goal is to write about startups and venture capital with “an insider and independent accounting of what’s going on in Silicon Valley.”

He’s interviewed tech leaders like Dara Khosrowshahi, Chamath Palihapitiya, and Bill Gurley, and published scoops about funding rounds. Newcomer wrote about how Doordash picked its early investors and Andreessen Horowitz’s aspirations to become a media company.

At Bloomberg, one of Newcomer’s most-read pieces was on a video of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick arguing with a driver, and he co-wrote a feature on Kalanick’s downfall later that year.

47. Casey Newton, founder, Platformer

The former Silicon Valley editor at The Verge, Newton was one of the most prominent journalists to leave a legacy tech publication and start their own Substack newsletter, launching Platformer, which focuses on “social networks and their relationships with the world.”

In the few months since its launch, Newton has written about Twitter’s precarious ability to continue operating in India, what Amazon’s incoming CEO Andy Jassy should prioritize, and internal alarm at Signal about new features that could make the app more vulnerable to abuse.

He also published the email that got a top AI ethics researcher fired from Google. At The Verge, Newton published articles on secret recordings of Facebook meetings and its content moderators. 

48. Leah Nylen, tech reporter, Politico

Nylen covers the ongoing antitrust lawsuits and investigations against Big Tech.

She’s kept Politico readers up to date on Parler’s antitrust lawsuit against Amazon after Parler was booted off its web services and the court’s rejection of Parler’s request to be reinstated. She also wrote about the FTC interviewing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the FTC suing Facebook. 

49. Dan Primack, business editor, Axios

Primack covers all the biggest business deals, banks, movers and shakers. His Pro Rata newsletter has become an essential read for Silicon Valley insiders.

He’s written about Verizon’s sale of Tumblr, Dominion’s plan to sue Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, and Benchmark’s fraud lawsuit against Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. He recapped Robinhood’s GameStop drama and interviewed Parler’s CEO on why he declined striking a deal with President Trump.

Primack has also written about how Trump’s stock market performed compared to Obama’s and the percentage of US Fortune 500 companies that were started by immigrants and their children.

50. Jeff Roberts, executive editor, Decrypt Media

Roberts joined cryptocurrency outlet Decrypt Media in February after almost five years at Fortune.

At Fortune, he wrote about blockchain and cybersecurity issues, authoring a book about Coinbase called “Kings of Crypto: One Startup’s Quest to Take Cryptocurrency Out of Silicon Valley and Onto Wall Street.”

He’s written about the Biden Administration’s approach to cryptocurrency and fintech companies like PayPal and Robinhood.

Some of his crypto stories include pieces about Ripple being sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission and whether Coinbase $75 billion valuation is realistic.

51. Tony Romm, senior tech policy reporter, The Washington Post

Romm has led coverage around how tech companies are bracing for “the most aggressive regulatory assault against the tech industry in its history” at The Washington Post, writing about how state and federal investigators prepared to file antitrust charges against Facebook in October 2020.

As the pandemic wreaked havoc on the economy, he wrote about Comcast suspending new fees for Northeast customers. When Section 230 came under fire, Romm wrote about new legislation to help hold tech giants accountable for the content they host.

Romm landed a scoop about Arizona’s lawsuit against Google, alleging the Alphabet company “illegally tracked Android smartphone users’ locations,” and shed light on the internal debate raging inside TikTok as US employees bristled at Beijing-based moderators’ willingness to censor videos.

52. Theodore Schleifer, senior reporter, Recode

Schleifer covers how the tech elite use their influence by spending on politics, philanthropy, and coronavirus relief efforts.

Schleifer has written on Reid Hoffman’s disruptive style, how Netflix’s Reed Hasting is building a luxury retreat in Colorado for teachers, and tensions between Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropic organization, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

He wrote about the $100 million barrage of ads tech donors released in the month before the 2020 election, picked apart the lack of transparency around the historic amount of money billionaires gave during the pandemic and previewed Jeff Bezos’ life post Amazon.

After the attempted Capitol coup on January 6, Schleifer broke news about Doug Leone withdrawing his support for former President Trump. He also wrote about how Google’s Eric Schmidt applied to become a citizen of Cyprus.

53. Jason Schreier, reporter, Bloomberg

Schreier has offered the public an insightful peek into the behind-the-scenes culture of the video games industry, revealing the missteps publisher and developer CD Projekt made in the leadup to its botched release of Cyberpunk 2077.

He also wrote about numerous allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against Ubisoft employees and the struggles of Amazon Game Studios.

One of his best-known stories uncovered the hours of overtime and crunch workers had to endure at RockStar Games, which released titles like the “Read Dead Redemption” and “Grand Theft Auto” series.

54. Deepa Seetharaman, reporter, The Wall Street Journal

As a social media and politics reporter at The Wall Street Journal, Seetharaman takes readers behind the scenes at tech giants like Facebook. She was previously the paper’s Facebook beat reporter.

Seetharaman chronicled Facebook’s indecision on dealing with political divisiveness among its users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s tensions with COO Sheryl Sandberg, and the company’s role in lobbying Washington, DC.

She broke news that Facebook softened its hate-speech rules for President Trump and reported on the online harassment directed at Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates over his comments about how the US should handled the pandemic.

55. Natasha Singer, reporter, The New York Times

A veteran of The New York Times technology beat, Singer has written extensively about consumer privacy, health tech, and education tech.

Singer reported on how dating apps have spread user information to advertising and marketing companies, how airlines are using COVID-19 health pass apps, and the alarm Facebook triggered when it announced it was pushing into facial recognition technology.

At the height of the pandemic, Singer wrote about privacy issues ensnaring Zoom, which has become an essential service for businesses and everyday users alike, as well as a South Korean app used to enforce quarantines.

She also wrote a series about the consumer data industry that led to several Congressional and federal investigations and a new California law that protects student online data. She’s writing a book called “Coding Kids” about the computer science education boom in K-12 schools.

56. Olivia Solon, tech investigations editor, NBC News

Solon does her own reporting when she’s not leading a team of investigative reporters in San Francisco. She found that a Microsoft-backed startup used facial recognition technology to surveil Palestinians through the West Bank, leading to Microsoft hiring Eric Holder to review those allegations.

With tech investigative reporter Cyrus Farivar, she showed how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to “consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip,” based on 7,000 pages of leaked documents.

57. Ashlee Vance, senior writer, Bloomberg

Vance is well known for his coverage of Elon Musk and his career, having written a biography about the controversial billionaire as well as other features for Bloomberg, but his coverage is as diverse as the technology he profiles in his stories.

He’s written about a neuroscience startup that uses a mask to map brain activity and GitHub’s initiative to preserve an open source code in an Arctic cave. 

He wrote about a 27-year-old data scientist who produced a more accurate statistical model predicting COVID deaths than global institutions, an aviation startup promising to make flights much faster, and a Chinese company called DJI that dominates the drone market.

58. Kurt Wagner, tech reporter, Bloomberg

Wagner covers social media with an emphasis on Facebook and Twitter.

He wrote a feature about Facebook pinning its future on WhatsApp and its plans to make the messaging service more profitable. He also broke news that tens of thousands of Facebook employees had their payroll data compromised when corporate hard drives were stolen from an employee’s car.

Wagner covered Twitter’s decision to stop giving President Donald Trump “special treatment” if he lost the 2020 election. He was part of the team that broke news about Microsoft trying to buy TikTok in the US. Before Bloomberg, Wagner was a senior editor at Recode.

59. Kaya Yurieff, tech writer, CNN Business

Yurieff focuses on social media platforms, how people use them, and how creators and influencers earn a living.

She’s written about how YouTubers deal with burnout, how one family dealt with their son’s newfound fame on TikTok, how medical professionals like doctors and therapists used social media to share information about coronavirus, and how some online shoppers entice Instacart grocery delivery workers with tips only to give them nothing, which led to an FTC investigation.

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