Katie Hafner

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Katie Hafner
Born (1957-12-05) December 5, 1957 (age 63)
Rochester, New York
OccupationTechnology and society journalist
NationalityUnited States

Katie Hafner (born December 5, 1957 in Rochester, New York[1]) is an American journalist who writes books and articles about technology, healthcare, and society, most often for The New York Times, where she was on staff for a decade. Prior to that, she was a contributing editor for Newsweek and Business Week. She has also written for Esquire, Wired, The New Republic and The New York Times Magazine.

Her sixth book, Mother Daughter Me,[2] a memoir about three generations of women trying to live together, was published by Random House in 2013. Mother Daughter Me received great advance praise and was named one of "Ten Titles to Pick Up Now" in the August 2013 issue of O Magazine, to Parade magazine's 2013 "Summer Reading List", July's Goodreads "Mover and Shaker" list and iTunes' "Best Books of July!"

She recently finished her first novel.


She is interviewed in the John Korty documentary, "Miracle in a Box", about the rebuilding of a Steinway piano.

Hafner's 2006 New York Times article Growing Wikipedia Refines its 'Anyone Can Edit' Policy is currently featured in The McGraw-Hill Guide Writing for College, Writing for Life, second edition an English composition textbook. It is used by hundreds of undergrads as source material for topical essays.

Hafner lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


  • Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier (with John Markoff) (Simon & Schuster, 1991) ISBN 0-684-81862-0
  • The House at the Bridge: A Story of Modern Germany (Scribner, 1995) ISBN 0-684-19400-7
  • Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet (with Matthew Lyon) (Simon & Schuster, 1996) ISBN 0-684-83267-4
  • The WELL: A Story of Love, Death and Real Life in the Seminal Online Community:(2001) Carroll & Graf Publishers ISBN 0-7867-0846-8
  • A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano [1] : (June 2008 BloomsburyUSA) ISBN 0-7710-3754-6
  • Mother Daughter Me [2] : (July 2013 Random House) ISBN 140006936X


  1. ^ "Ask A Reporter: Katie Hafner". The New York Times. 2000. Archived from the original on November 3, 2002.
  2. ^ "Mother Daughter Me - Katie Hafner".

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