David M. Ewalt

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David M. Ewalt
Born1976 (age 47–48)
Occupation(s)Journalist and author
EmployerThe Messenger

David M. Ewalt (born 1976) is an American journalist and author. Ewalt is the author of the books Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It (2013)[1] and Defying Reality: The Inside Story of the Virtual Reality Revolution (2018).[2]


David M. Ewalt is the Science & Technology Editor at The Messenger.[3] Previously he was Editor in Chief of Gizmodo,[4] an editor at The Wall Street Journal and Reuters, and wrote for a wide range of media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and New York magazine.[5] Before that, Ewalt was deputy editor of Forbes magazine, where he wrote numerous in-depth cover stories on technology companies including Oculus VR,[6] Magic Leap,[7] Microsoft,[8] Mojang,[9] SHI International,[10] and Bigelow Aerospace.[11] Prior to Forbes he was a reporter at InformationWeek.[12]

Ewalt is regarded as an expert on the intersection of technology and gaming and has been interviewed by media outlets including The New York Times[13] and National Public Radio,[14][15] and he was a frequent guest on the live television program Attack of the Show![16][17]

Ewalt has also been invited to speak to organizations including Google,[18] Microsoft Research,[19] and Huawei.[20]


In 2013, Simon & Schuster published Ewalt's first book, Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It, about the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. It was reviewed by major publications including The Wall Street Journal,[21] The Seattle Times,[22] Los Angeles Times,[23] Kirkus,[24] and Publishers Weekly.[25] The book was picked as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year[26] and listed as one of Hudson Booksellers' Best Books of 2013.[27]

In 2009, Ewalt co-created the inaugural Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People and has edited each annual update of the ranking.[5] The list has received significant global coverage and attention in the media, and Ewalt has appeared as a guest to discuss it on outlets including CNN,[28] MSNBC,[29] CNBC,[30] and Fox Business Network.[31]


  1. ^ Ewalt, David M. (2013-08-20). Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It. New York: Scribner. ISBN 9781451640502. OCLC 893156770.
  2. ^ Ewalt, David M. (2018-07-17). Defying Reality: The Inside Story of the Virtual Reality Revolution. New York: Blue Rider Press. ISBN 9781101983713. OCLC 1047655715.
  3. ^ "The Messenger To Launch May 15". Axios. 2023-05-02. Retrieved 2023-05-02.
  4. ^ "MG/O Media Announces New Editors In Chief Of AV Club, Gizmodo, Jezebel". Cision. 2021-08-31. Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  5. ^ a b "About David M. Ewalt". Archived from the original on 2019-06-29. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  6. ^ "Palmer Luckey: Defying Reality". Forbes. 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  7. ^ "Inside Magic Leap, The Secretive $4.5 Billion Startup Changing Computing Forever". Forbes. 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  8. ^ "Microsoft Xbox Is Winning The Living Room War. Here's Why". Forbes. 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  9. ^ "Inside The Post-Minecraft Life Of Billionaire Gamer God Markus Persson". Forbes. 2013-03-03. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  10. ^ "The Modest Tycoon Behind America's Biggest Woman-Owned Business". Forbes. 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  11. ^ "Cosmic Landlord". Forbes. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  12. ^ Ewalt, David. "David M. Ewalt - InformationWeek". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  13. ^ Gilsdorf, Ethan (2012-01-09). "Players Roll the Dice for Dungeons & Dragons Remake". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  14. ^ "Virtual Reality Is About To Get Very Real". 2018-09-15. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  15. ^ "1.14.15: The New Puberty, Hits And Misses From CES, & A History Of Cheerleading". 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  16. ^ "Breaking Down The Apple News". YouTube. 2009-12-11. Archived from the original on 2022-04-07. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  17. ^ "Windows 7 Reactions and a Steve Jobs Absence". YouTube. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2019-06-23.[dead link]
  18. ^ "David Ewalt: "Defying Reality: The Inside Story of the Virtual Reality Revolution" - Talks at Google". YouTube. 2018-09-16. Archived from the original on 2021-12-19. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  19. ^ "Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It - Microsoft Research". Microsoft. 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  20. ^ "4th European Huawei Innovation Day". 2017-04-08. Archived from the original on 2019-06-26. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  21. ^ "Tales From the Basement". The Wall Street Journal. 2013-08-26. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  22. ^ "'Of Dice and Men': the lure of Dungeons & Dragons". The Seattle Times. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  23. ^ "There be dragons: 'Of Dice and Men' explores the story of D&D". Los Angeles Times. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  24. ^ "OF DICE AND MEN". Kirkus. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  25. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It". Publishers Weekly. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  26. ^ "Best of 2013". Amazon.com. 2013. Archived from the original on November 30, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  27. ^ "Hudson Booksellers Announces the Best Books of 2013". PR Newswire. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  28. ^ "Forbes releases 2015 most powerful people list". 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  29. ^ "Putin ranks at top of 'Most Powerful People' list". MSNBC. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  30. ^ "Forbes most powerful person of 2016 is not Trump". CNBC. 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  31. ^ "Trump beat by Putin, China's Xi in Forbes most powerful person list". Fox Business. 2018-05-08. Retrieved 2019-06-23.

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