Nilay Patel

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Nilay Patel
Nilay Patel at Collision Conference 2016.jpg
Patel at Collision Conference 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Alma materUniversity of Chicago (A.B.)
University of Wisconsin (J.D.)
OccupationEditor-in-chief, The Verge
Known forEngadget, This Is My Next, The Verge

Nilay Patel is an American editor and journalist best known for his work at technology news websites Engadget and The Verge. Patel had his first blogging gig at Gapers Block, a Chicago-centric blog. He was offered a full-time job at Engadget in 2008.[1] After serving at Engadget, he left in 2011 and went on to work for The Verge.[2] In 2014 he left The Verge to join sister site Vox, but later returned to The Verge to become its new editor-in-chief, replacing Joshua Topolsky.[3]


In 2003, Patel obtained a degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago and in 2006 received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.[1]


Patel spent four years at Engadget where he was responsible for blogging.[citation needed] SAY Media named Patel one of the 10 "Voices that matter" in technology journalism. Throughout his career, he has appeared on NHK, G4TV, and TWiT, among many others. Patel is also a co-host for The Vergecast.[4] Andrew Beaujon of the Poynter Institute cited Patel's work at The Verge as an example of how lawyer-journalists are useful for news websites.[5]

In 2011 Patel left Engadget along with a few co-workers to create The Verge.[6] In March 2014 he left The Verge to join sister site Vox,[7] then he returned in July 2014 and became Editor-in-Chief of The Verge,[8] after Joshua Topolsky left the position to work at Bloomberg.[9]


In February 2019, The Verge claimed copyright infringements against two YouTube videos that were reactions to the Verge's 13th Sept 2018 "How to build a $2000 PC" video (deleted 17th Sept 2018 for 'failing to meet editorial standards'). Patel's public statements[10] and twitter responses supporting his legal team's assessment that the videos were not fair use, but cancelling copyright claims regardless due to YouTube's system being 'broken' become a focus of criticism for failing to admit any error on Verge's part in the initial claim, particularly given their ongoing critical coverage[11] of corporations bullying critics via YouTube copyright claims and the commentary made in the videos.


  1. ^ a b "Why news sites benefit from having writers with legal backgrounds". Poynter Institute. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  2. ^ "Top Engadget Editors Depart AOL Tech Site - Kara Swisher - News". AllThingsD. 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  3. ^ Patel, Nilay. "Welcome to the future". Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  4. ^ "Nilay Patel Managing Editor". Vox. Vox Media. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  5. ^ Beaujon, Andrew (January 18, 2013). "Why news sites benefit from having writers with legal backgrounds". Poynter Institute. Archived from the original on October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  6. ^ Southcott, Chris (2014-07-25). "Beyond The Verge: Joshua Topolsky leaves Vox Media for Bloomberg, while Nilay Patel returns as EIC". techgeek. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  7. ^ Swisher, Kara (2014-03-23). "Nilay Patel, No Longer Managing Editor of The Verge, Moves to". Re/code. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  8. ^ "Nilay Patel becomes Editor-in-Chief of The Verge, Dieter Bohn is Executive Editor". Vox. Vox Media. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  9. ^ Abbruzzese, Jason (2014-07-24). "Josh Topolsky on Leaving The Verge and His Future at Bloomberg". Mashable. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  10. ^ Patel, Nilay (2019-02-15). "A note about YouTube copyright strikes from Vox Media". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  11. ^ Wodinsky, Shoshana (2019-02-11). "YouTube's copyright strikes have become a tool for extortion". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-02-19.

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