Farhad Manjoo

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Farhad Manjoo
Farhad Manjoo
Farhad Manjoo in 2008
Born (1978-08-19) August 19, 1978 (age 41)
South Africa
OccupationJournalist, author
EducationCornell University

Farhad Manjoo (born August 19, 1978) is an American journalist. Manjoo was a staff writer for Slate magazine from 2008 to 2013 and left Slate in September 2013 to join The Wall Street Journal as a technology columnist.[1] Manjoo replaced columnist David Pogue at The New York Times in January 2014[2] and has been a contributor to National Public Radio since 2009.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Manjoo was born in South Africa in 1978 to a family with ancestral roots in India. A cisgender man, Manjoo prefers to be referred to with singular they pronouns.[4] The family left South Africa when Manjoo was eight years old,[5] and moved to Southern California.[1] Manjoo graduated from Cornell University in 2000. As an undergraduate, Manjoo served as writer and editor-in-chief of the Cornell Daily Sun student newspaper.[1]


Manjoo wrote for Wired News before taking a staff position at Salon.com. In July 2008, they accepted a job at Slate magazine writing a twice-weekly technology column. In September 2013, they joined The Wall Street Journal as a technology columnist;[1] their final column for Slate, urging men to wear makeup, was published on September 20.[6] They later moved to The New York Times.

Manjoo has written about technology, new media,[7] politics,[8] and controversies in journalism.[9]

They are the author of the book True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.[10][11][12]

They shared the 2018 Gerald Loeb Award for Breaking News for the story "Ouster at Uber."[13]

In March 2018, they published a column in the Times about a personal experiment in getting most of their news from print sources for two months.[14] The piece drew criticism from the Columbia Journalism Review[15] and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism[16] for the article's assertion Manjoo had "unplugged from Twitter" for this period when in fact they continued to use the social media service daily. Manjoo felt the piece was sufficiently clear that they made exceptions to their "unplugged" policy, and The New York Times stood by the piece.[15] WNYC's On the Media removed a segment with Manjoo discussing the experiment.[17][18]


  1. ^ a b c d "Manjoo Joins Wall Street Journal as Technology Columnist". The Wall Street Journal. September 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Cohen, Noam (January 16, 2014). "The Times Hires a Technology Columnist". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Farhad Manjoo Talks You Into Joining Facebook", National Public Radio, February 17, 2009.
  4. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (July 10, 2019). "Call Me 'They'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (February 15, 2013). Twitter
  6. ^ Farhad Manjoo (September 20, 2013). "Men Should Wear Makeup". Slate.com.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Dan. "The Thin Skin of Apple Fans", The New York Times, March 22, 2008.
  8. ^ Farhad Manjoo. "Rumors Reasons", The New York Times, March 16, 2008.
  9. ^ Kristoff, Nicholas D. "The Daily Me", The New York Times, March 18, 2009.
  10. ^ Hesse, Monica. "Truth: Can You Handle It?", The Washington Post, April 27, 2008.
  11. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (2008). True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-fact Society. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-05010-1
  12. ^ Hluchy, Patricia. "Redefining truth in a 'post-fact society'", Toronto Star, April 20, 2008.
  13. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2018 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". PR Newswire. June 25, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  14. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (7 March 2018). "For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here's What I Learned". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  15. ^ a b Mitchell, Dan (9 March 2018). "The Times tech columnist 'unplugged' from the internet. Except he didn't". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  16. ^ Benton, Joshua (12 March 2018). "The ❤️ of the matter: Here are too many words about Farhad Manjoo's Twitter habits (and some cool charts)". NiemanLab. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Like We Used To Do". On the Media. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Did Farhad "Unplug"?". On the Media. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018.

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