|Alma mater||California Polytechnic State University|
|Occupation||Journalist, Founder of The Hybrid Vigor Institute, Senior Research Scholar in Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University|
Denise Caruso (born in 1956) is an American journalist and analyst specializing in the industries of digital technology and biotechnology. She was dubbed “the Walter Winchell of Silicon Valley” by WIRED magazine. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Hybrid Vigor Institute, a non-profit think tank created in 2000 that emphasizes cross-sector collaboration.
Caruso is the author of Intervention: Confronting the Real Risks of Genetic Engineering and Life on a Biotech Planet. The book was awarded a silver medal at the 2007 Independent Publishers Book Awards for science writing, and was on Strategy+Business magazine’s “Best Business Books of 2007” list.
In the 1990s, Caruso was a founding editor of “Digital Media: A Seybold Report,” a digital monthly newsletter published by the Ziff Davis-owned Seybold Publications; a columnist for The San Francisco Examiner's Sunday Technology section; and a writer for the Digital Commerce column for the Monday Information Industries section of The New York Times. In 2007, she wrote the "Re:framing" column for the Sunday Business section of The New York Times.
Academic & Business Consulting
Beginning in April 1997, she took a one-year position as visiting scholar at Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto, California, a think tank and product incubator funded by Paul Allen. In spring 1997, Caruso was a visiting lecturer at Stanford University’s Human-Computer Interaction program, in the university's Computer Science department.
Caruso is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist, participant and moderator at a variety of symposia, seminars and industry events, including the first-ever Harvard Conference on Internet and Society in 1996 and at the Journalism and Technology conferences at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University; the Newspaper Association of America's annual meeting; the Consumer Electronics Show; the American Center for Design; the American Institute for Graphic Artists; the American Magazine Conference, the Association for Computing Machinery; the Media & Democracy Congress; the Rand Corporation; and the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 1997, Caruso provided on-air commentary and interviews with industry personalities for a MSNBC cable television show about the Internet, called The Site. She has also provided commentary for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered."
Public Health Work
Since 2003, Caruso has been active in the biotechnology field, proposing more research and risk assessment for advancing technologies like transgenetic crops. With funding from the National Science Foundation, Caruso has completed case studies on the risks of xenotransplantation using genetically modified pig, and the risks of pandemic avian influenza.
Advisory Board roles
She also serves on the advisory boards of Public Knowledge, a Washington D.C. based public interest group that focuses on emerging digital culture; SustainAbility.com, a London-based business consultancy on corporate responsibility and sustainable development; and the Graduate Program in Design at California College of the Arts.
- Salon.com “Denise Caruso”
- “The Merry Pranksters Go to Washington” by Joshua Quittner, Wired, June 1994
- The Hybrid Vigor Institute
- Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2007
- “Best Business Books 2007,” Strategy+Business, December 2007
- “Sound Bytes; A Woman Who Rides the Digital Wave” by Peter Lewis, The New York Times, June 20, 1993
- “Communication Fields Converge in 'Digital Media' newsletter” by Liz Horton, Folio: The Magazine for Magazine Management, July 1, 1991
- New York Times archives: “Denise Caruso”
- “An Interview With Denise Caruso” by Ron Deutsch, The Austin Chronicle, March 17, 2000
- Global Business Network
- “Is it Safe to Buy a Used Liver from a Pig?: New Book Seeks to Explore Issue of Genetic Engineering in a Smart Way” by Michael Rogers, MSNBC, January 17, 2007
- “HBR List: Breakthrough Ideas for 2005,” Harvard Business Review, February 2005
- The Independent Media Institute Board of Directors list
- Electronic Frontier Foundation website
- Public Knowledge Advisory Board
- SustainAbility.com Faculty Members
- California College of the Arts Pro Council