David Streitfeld

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David Streitfeld is an American journalist. During his tenure as book reporter at the Washington Post, he definitively identified Joe Klein as the "Anonymous" author of the 1996 novel Primary Colors, [1] upon which Klein admitted authorship, despite earlier denials.[2]

Streitfeld was book reporter at the Washington Post from 1987 until 1998, after which he switched beats and covered Silicon Valley and technology for the Post out of San Francisco.[3]

In 2001, Streitfeld joined the Los Angeles Times as a technology reporter, later switching to covering Enron, housing, and general economics. In July 2006, the Atlantic magazine named him "The Bard of the Bubble" for his LA Times real estate coverage.[4] In 2007, Streitfeld joined the New York Times as Chicago business reporter; he later switched to technology reporting out of San Francisco.

He won a 2012 "Best in Business" award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for his New York Times stories on fake online reviews. Judges cited "a really nice job detailing this new review economy and how these reviews are replacing traditional advertising."[5]

Streitfeld was one of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, for a series of 10 articles on the business practices of Apple and other technology companies.[6][7]

Streitfeld's longtime friendship with science fiction author Elizabeth Hand inspired her Nebula Award-winning short story Echo.[8]


  1. ^ Alicia Shepard. "A "book nut" turned sleuth. (searching for the author of 'Primary Colors')," American Journalism Review, September 1996. (Archived at HighBeam; subscription required)
  2. ^ David Corn. "The Liars Club," Salon.com, July 18, 1996. Retrieved on 2008-05-04.
  3. ^ Craig Offman. "Washington Post book reporter defects," Salon.com, August 4, 1999. Retrieved on 2008-05-04.
  4. ^ William Powers. "The Bard of the Bubble," the Atlantic, July 25, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-05-04.
  5. ^ "2012 Best in Business competition winners". SABEW. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "The 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners - Explanatory Reporting". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "2013 Journalism Pulitzer Winners". New York Times. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Elizabeth Hand’s short story “Echo,” earns her second Nebula Award!, M Press Books News, May 2007.

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