Walt Mossberg (left) with Steve Jobs (right)
at All Things Digital 5 in 2007
March 27, 1947 |
Warwick, Rhode Island
|Alma mater||Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism|
Walter S. Mossberg (born March 27, 1947) is an American journalist who is the principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones announced on Sept. 19, 2013, that Mossberg would leave the Wall Street Journal as part of the breakup with AllThingsD by the end of the year.
Mossberg has been a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal since 1970. He is based in the Journal's Washington, D.C., office, where he spent 18 years covering national and international affairs before turning his attention to technology. His Personal Technology column has appeared every Thursday since 1991. He also edits the Digital Solution column each Wednesday (authored by his colleague, Katherine Boehret), and writes the Mossberg's Mailbox column on Thursdays. He appears weekly on the Fox Business Network, and in web video reports, and formerly provided commentary in a segment on PC World's Digital Duo, a computer program airing on PBS stations.
In 1999, Mossberg became the only technology writer to receive the Loeb award for Commentary. In 2001, he won the World Technology Award for Media and Journalism and received an honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Rhode Island. Mossberg is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers on information technology. In 2004, in a lengthy profile, Wired called him "The Kingmaker", saying "[f]ew reviewers have held so much power to shape an industry's successes and failures." He is also reported to be the highest paid journalist at the Journal, with "his annual compensation approaching a million dollars."
In partnership with his fellow Journal columnist Kara Swisher, Mossberg created, produces and hosts the Journal's annual D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, CA, in which top technology leaders, such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, appear on stage without prepared remarks, or slides, and are interviewed by the two columnists. Mossberg and Swisher also co-edit the All Things Digital web site, which includes his columns, her blog and other posts.
On September 19, 2013 Dow Jones & Co. announced it would not renew its contract with All Things D, and that Mossberg would be leaving The Wall Street Journal by the end of the year. Editor in chief Gerard Baker cited plans to add more staff and expand the Journal's technology coverage.
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