Andrew Leonard

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Andrew Leonard
Andrew Leonard poses in front of his own Wikipedia article.jpg
Born 1962 (age 54–55)
Occupation Journalist
Relatives John Leonard (father)

Andrew Leonard (born 1962) is an American journalist who writes features articles for San Francisco and contributes to Medium. He previously wrote for between 1995 and 2014.[1]


Leonard is credited with coining the term "open-source journalism".[2] He has also written for Wired.[3]

Leonard is the author of a book, Bots: The Origin of New Species, which the New York Times called a "playful social history of the internet".[4] According to Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, also writing in the Times, the book is "deceptively profound".[3] Bots was one of the first few books published by Wired's nonfiction publishing venture HardWired, launched in 1996.[5]

For six years[6] as a financial analyst for,[7] Leonard wrote a blog, How the World Works, covering topics such as speculation in the oil market,[8] the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act,[9] and immigration reform.[10]

Leonard is the son of John Leonard, an American literary, television, film, and cultural critic.[11]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Leonard, Andrew (14 September 2014). "How I switched sides in the technology wars". Salon. Salon Media Group. 
  2. ^ Lievrouw, Leah (2011). Alternative and Activist New Media. Polity. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-7456-4183-6. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (October 8, 1997). "Author Traces the Family Tree of Software Bots". Orlando Sentinel (reprinted from the New York Times). (subscription required)
  4. ^ Biersdorfer, J. D. (August 10, 1997). "Virtual Bedlam". New York Times. 
  5. ^ Huffstutter, P.J. (September 16, 1996). "WIRED Magazine, Harpercollins Push Publishing to Digital Edge". Daily News of Los Angeles. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Leonard, Andrew (May 31, 2013). "My Wikipedia hall of mirrors". Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ Olive, David (June 11, 2011). "What keeps Wall Street miscreants out of jail?". Toronto Star. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Mitchell, Dan (June 21, 2008). "Fake Gems, Genuine Appeal". New York Times. p. C5. 
  9. ^ Mitchell, Dan (September 15, 2007). "Broke but Still Borrowing". New York Times. p. C5. 
  10. ^ Mitchell, Dan (April 1, 2006). "An Open Mind on Open Borders". New York Times. p. C5. 
  11. ^ Miller, Laura (November 7, 2008). "Remembering John Leonard". Retrieved May 31, 2013. 

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