Gina Smith (author)

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Gina Smith
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Smith in March 2000
Regina Patricia Smith

EducationPhD, Clinical Psychology; MA, Psychology, BA, English, BS, Chemistry
Alma materFlorida State University
OccupationAuthor, Journalist, Entrepreneur
Known forJournalism
RelativesSvetomir Đukić (maternal grandfather)

Gina Smith is an American entrepreneur, author, and journalist who co-wrote Steve Wozniak's 2006 autobiography iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It.[1][2] In 2001, Smith was named one of the 100 most influential people in technology by Upside Magazine.[3]

Technology journalism[edit]

From 1990 to 2000, Smith wrote the "Inside Silicon Valley" technology column in the San Francisco Sunday Chronicle.[4] During that time, she was a investigative news reporter for PC Week,[5] senior editor at PC/Computing magazine,[6] and later, as of 1994, she was the editor-in-chief of IDG's Electronic Entertainment magazine.[7] From 1993 to 1997, she hosted On Computers with Gina Smith and Leo Laporte[8] and from 1997 to 2000 she hosted ABC Radio's "Connected with Gina Smith," a radio call-in show that ran in syndication.[9]

In 1995, she co-hosted, with John Levine, an educational PBS special The Internet Show: Drivers' Education for the Internet Superhighway.[10]

Also in 1995 ABC News hired Smith as a technology correspondent.,[11] where she covered technology news for ABC News' Nightline with Ted Koppel, ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and Good Morning America.[12][13][14][15][16]

Smith hosted the ESPN weekly series, "Nothing But Net," with Pat O'Brien in 1995 and 1996.[17] She also hosted a daily tech news show on the Discovery Channel in 1996 and 1997 called Cyberlife.[18][19] Cyberlife was nominated for a CableACE award in the Business/Consumer Programming Special or Series category in 1997.[20]

In 1999 Smith joined CNET as anchor of the News.Com daily news show on CNBC.[21]

In 2010, Smith returned to journalism as editor-in-chief of the online relaunch of Byte magazine as[22]

Since 2011, she has been CEO of aNewDomain Media, which runs several news websites.[23]

Business ventures[edit]

In 2000, Smith was named CEO of the New Internet Computer Company,[24][25] which she co-founded with Larry Ellison.[26][27][28] The firm closed in 2003.[29]

In 2004 David Warthen appointed Smith president of Eye Games, a San Francisco-based video game technology company.[30]


  • Smith, Gina; Von Stiegel, Herta (2011). The Mountain Within: Leadership Lessons For Your Climb To The Top. McGraw Hill. ISBN 978-0-07-177325-6.
  • Wozniak, Steve; Smith, Gina (2006). iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It. W. W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-06143-4.
  • Smith, Gina (2005). The Genomics Age: How DNA Technology is Transforming the Way We Live and who We are. AMACOM--American Management Association. ISBN 978-0-8144-0843-8.
  • Smith, Gina (2004). "Sladjana". In Perin, Margo (ed.). How I Learned to Cook: And Other Writings on Complex Mother-Daughter Relationships (anthology). Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin. pp. 195–209. ISBN 978-1585422913.
  • Smith, Gina; Laporte, Leo (1995). 101 Computer Answers You Need To Know. Ziff-Davis Press. ISBN 1-56276-339-3. 101 Computer Answers You Need To Know.
  • Smith, Gina; Palatto, John (1991). Building Applications with Toolbook. Brady. ISBN 0-13-092420-2.


  1. ^ Biersdorfer, J. D. (1 October 2006). "Desktop Icon". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "If Gina Smith can be tech CEO, why can't I?".
  3. ^ "Meet Gina Smith: Cofounder and Editorial Director". aNewDomain.
  4. ^ "Tantor Media - Gina Smith". Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  5. ^ Strom, David. "25 Years of PC Week". David Strom's Web Informant. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  6. ^ Smith, Gina (June 6, 1993). "A Field Guide to CPUs" (March 1993). PC/Computing. Ziff Davis Publishing.
  7. ^ Armstrong, David. "Ziff Happens". Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Gina Smith, Author of iWoz, Technology Journalist, Radio Host, Friend". Delusions of Adequacy. John Simonds. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  9. ^ "LockerGnome: Gina Smith bio". LockerGnome. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Archives -". Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  11. ^ "The Power of Public Relations". 31 March 1998. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Nightline: Thinking Machines". Vanderbilt TV News Archive. Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Nightline: Hate on the Internet". Vanderbilt TV News Archives. Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  14. ^ "ABC Evening News: Littleton Colorado Shootings". Vanderbilt TV News Archives. Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  15. ^ Bungay Stanier, Michael (August 31, 2010). "Box of Crayons: Interview with Gina Smith" (ND). Box of Crayons. Box of Crayons. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Good Morning America video camera clip". YouTube. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Nothing But Net 1995-1996 Cast and Credits". Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Tech coverage for dummies". 16 August 1996. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Is TECH TV Must-See? / They're geeky-looking now, but tech shows could lead to customized news, virtual e-mail and an all-purpose computer-and-TV-in-one". Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  20. ^ "CableACE Awards 1997". Variety. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Gina Smith Joins CNET Television as Co-Host of CNET CNET's New Show for CNBC". Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  22. ^ "UBM TechWeb Re-Launching Popular (Press Release)". Create Your Next Customer. Beyond PR. December 20, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  23. ^
  24. ^ Clark, Don (May 8, 2000). "Oracle's Ellison Set to Try Again With a Simple, Cheap Computer". Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  25. ^ "Internet Appliance Eliminates Hard Drive". The New York Times. 28 September 2000. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  26. ^ Tennant, Don (July 17, 2000). "Star Power Has Its Advantages". IDG. ComputerWorld. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  27. ^ "CNET's Smith to head Ellison's new firm". Silicon Valley Business Journal. February 7, 2000. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  28. ^ Enterprise, I. D. G. (15 May 2000). "Computerworld". IDG Enterprise. Retrieved 30 December 2016 – via Google Books.
  29. ^ "Ellison's NIC Co. to shut down". CNET. June 2, 2003. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  30. ^ "Eye Games Inc. Appoints Gina Smith as President; Innovative Digital Game Company Will Ship First Webcam PC Games in June - Business Wire". Retrieved 30 December 2016.

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