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Ina Fried
Born (1974-12-17) December 17, 1974 (age 45)
OccupationBroadcast journalist, Writer
Notable credit(s)
All Things Digital, CNET Network's, Orange County Business Journal, Orange County Register, Bridge News, frequent guest on National Public Radio
TitleSenior editor at All Things Digital
WebsiteAll Things Digital's Ina Fried page

Ina Fried (born December 17, 1974), formerly Ian Fried, is an American journalist for Axios. Prior to that, she was senior editor for All Things Digital, a senior staff writer for CNET Network's,[1][2] and worked for Re/code. She is a frequent commenter on technology news on National Public Radio, local television news and for other print and broadcast outlets.[3]

Early life

Fried, as a child actor was best known for her role as Rocky's son, Rocky Jr., in the 1982 movie Rocky III and also as the voice of the character Timothy in the 1982 movie The Secret of NIMH. After that she mainly appeared in guest roles portraying young boys on various television series including Cagney and Lacey, Silver Spoons, V, Alice, Diff'rent Strokes, Newhart, The Wonder Years, and a recurring role on St. Elsewhere.[4][5]


Fried is a personal technology writer and generally covered Microsoft related stories in the CNET blog "Beyond Binary" from 2000 to November 2010, and is currently writing for All Things Digital where she will cover the Mobile beat. Before joining CNET in 2000, Ina wrote for the Orange County Business Journal, the Orange County Register, and Bridge News. She has served as a board member, national secretary and national vice president for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).[6] On April 27, 2011, Ina conducted an exclusive interview with CEO Steve Jobs and other Apple executives about the iPhone location tracking controversy.[7] She now writes for Axios.[8]

Awards and honors

Upon retirement from the NLGJA National Board at the 2008 NLGJA national convention in Washington, DC, Fried was honored with both a Distinguished Service Award and a Women's Distinguished Service Award.[9]

Journalism awards:

  • Three-time winner of NewsBios/TJFR award: NewsBios/TJFR "30 Most Influential Business Journalists Under 30."[10][11][12]
  • Western Publications Association for Outstanding Editorial Content's Maggie Award.[13][14]
  • Society of Professional Journalists (Northern California Chapter) Excellence in Journalism Award Winner: 2005 Breaking News (shared), 2005 Feature Writing.[15][16]
  • Society of Professional Journalists' 2003 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism: Deadline Reporting (Independent): Ina Fried, CNET News, (shared) for reporting about vulnerable technology and how the MSBlast virus spread.[17]

Fried was featured in Advocate magazine's 2014 and 2017 lists of The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media.[18][19]


Prior to June 2003, Fried signed articles "Ian Fried".[3][6] At that point, she transitioned from male to female and began using the byline "Ina Fried".


  1. ^ "About Us: Who we are and what we do". Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  2. ^ Rick Reiff. "OC Insider". Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Will O'Bryan (August 21, 2008). "Ina Fried: Senior Writer, CNET News". Metro Weekly. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "IMDb entry for Ian Fried (I)"
  5. ^ "The 'Rocky' franchise: Where Are They Now?". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b "About NLGJA: Meet the Executive Committee". Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
  7. ^ "Q&A: Jobs and Apple Execs on Tracking Down the Facts About iPhones and Location". April 27, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  8. ^ "Ina Fried". Axios. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "NLGJA Goes to Washington". Archived from the original on 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  10. ^ "Past NewsBios/TJFR 30 Most 30 Under 30". Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  11. ^ "CNET Wins Prestigious Honors from Two National Journalism Organizations; Site Honored With Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award". HighBeam Research. April 30, 2002. Retrieved 2008-09-28.[dead link]
  12. ^ "CNET reporters named most influential business journalists". Archived from the original on 2006-11-04. Retrieved 2001-04-30.
  13. ^ "CNET Wins Four 'Maggie Awards' From the Western Publications Association for Outstanding Editorial Content". Retrieved 2006-04-27.
  14. ^ "CNET Wins Four Maggie Awards From the Western Publications Association for Outstanding Editorial Content". Find Articles. April 27, 2006. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  15. ^ "SDX award for deadline reporting". Archived from the original on 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  16. ^ "Society of Professional Journalists (Northern California Chapter) Excellence in Journalism Award Winners". Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  17. ^ "SPJ Announces Recipients of 2003 Sigma Delta Chi Awards". Retrieved 2008-09-29.
  18. ^ "The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media".
  19. ^ "50 Most Influential LGBTs in Media". The Advocate.

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