Nilay Patel

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Nilay Patel
Nationality American
Occupation Technology journalist
Known for Engadget, This Is My Next, The Verge

Nilay Patel is an American technology journalist and former copyright lawyer. After serving as managing editor of Engadget, he left in 2011 and went on to become managing editor of The Verge.[1] In 2014 he left The Verge to join sister site Vox, but later returned to become the new editor-in-chief of The Verge, replacing Joshua Topolsky. [2]


In 2003, Patel obtained his degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago and in 2006 received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.


Patel spent four years as Managing Editor of Engadget where he was responsible for reporting and explaining legal situations in everyday terminology. SAY Media named Patel one of the 10 "Voices that matter" in technology journalism. Throughout his career, he has appeared on CNN, CNN International, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, Sky News, NHK, G4TV, TWiT, and among many others. Patel is also a co-host for The Vergecast.[3] Andrew Beaujon of the Poynter Institute cited Patel's work at The Verge as an example of how lawyer-journalists are useful for news websites.[4]


  1. ^ "Top Engadget Editors Depart AOL Tech Site - Kara Swisher - News". AllThingsD. 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  2. ^ Patel, Nilay. July 2014 "Welcome to the future.". 
  3. ^ "Nilay Patel Managing Editor". Vox Media. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Beaujon, Andrew (January 18, 2013). "Why news sites benefit from having writers with legal backgrounds". Poynter Institute. Archived from the original on October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 

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