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Jessica E. Lessin founded The Information in 2013 and is the publication’s Editor-in-Chief. She covered Silicon Valley and the technology industry for eight years at the Wall Street Journal. At the Journal, she wrote nearly 1,000 articles for the paper, consistently breaking news about major products, management changes and strategy shifts at Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and other Internet companies. She was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for a 2011 series on digital privacy and has appeared on CNBC, NPR, CNN and PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show.” Jessica graduated from Harvard University in 2005 and lives in San Francisco. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Peers joined The Information as a columnist in September, 2014 and became Managing Editor in December 2015. He previously spent 15 years at The Wall Street Journal, including a three year stint as Media and Marketing bureau where he oversaw the paper’s coverage of the media and entertainment industries. Before that, he was Deputy Editor of Heard on the Street, the paper’s financial analysis section. Martin was a prolific writer of columns about the convergence of technology and media. He was part of a team of Journal reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2003. Before joining the Journal, he covered the business side of the entertainment industry for Daily Variety and Variety in New York. Prior to that he worked for The New York Post and several newspapers in Australia, where he grew up.
Shai Oster is the Asia bureau chief for The Information, based in Hong Kong, where he will cover technology companies in Asia. Over nearly two decades as a journalist in China, Europe, and the U.S., he has covered a broad range of economic, business and social issues. Oster was previously reporter-at-large for Bloomberg News in Asia. In 2013, he won his second Asia Society Osborn Elliott Journalism Prize and George Polk Award for his role in Bloomberg’s groundbreaking coverage that for the first time documented the fortunes amassed by China’s leaders. Before joining Bloomberg, Oster was a Beijing and Hong Kong-based correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, covering energy and the environment. In 2008, he was the recipient of both the George Polk Award for environmental reporting and Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Award for a series of stories exposing environmental problems linked to China’s Three Gorges Dam project. He was also part of a team of Wall Street Journal reporters that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for International Reporting on China for reports on the adverse impact of China’s growth. Previously, he covered OPEC for Dow Jones Newswires in London and served as Beijing bureau chief for Asiaweek magazine. His first job in China was as a copy editor at China Daily, the official English-language newspaper in Beijing. A graduate of the Columbia University Journalism School, Oster was born in Jerusalem and speaks Hebrew, French and Chinese.
Nick Wingfield joined The Information as senior editor in June 2018. He previously worked for seven years as a technology correspondent for the New York Times in Seattle, where he wrote about Amazon, Microsoft and the region's tech economy. Before that, he worked for 14 years as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Seattle, New York and San Francisco, where he covered several technology beats. He was an early reporter for CNET, one of the first technology news sites on the Internet.
Wendy Pollack is a New York-based senior editor for The Information. Wendy spent 13 years at The Wall Street Journal, where she led the creation of numerous features and columns and helped shape the integration of the Journal’s print and online news operations. She has covered national political conventions, launched a daily business column and edited the Journal’s Bay Area section. Pollack began her journalism career at Reuters in New York City, where she reported on the oil industry, transportation and financial markets. Before joining The Information, Wendy was director of public affairs at the Regional Plan Association, an urban policy think tank, for five years. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA.
Chris Noble is a San Francisco-based editor for The Information. Chris spent 11 years at Reuters, with postings in New York, Boston and Paris, where he covered the launch of the euro, technology, media, France’s economic and diplomatic policy — and wine. Later, he was assistant managing editor at MarketWatch for nine years, where he oversaw daily news coverage from a team of dozens in 11 bureau around the world. Chris started his reporting career at The Watertown Daily Times in upstate New York, where he covered everything from barn fires to school board meetings. Before joining The Information, Chris was an editor at personal finance site Credit Karma. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University.
Amir helped launch The Information in 2013. He spent the previous nine years at the Wall Street Journal reporting on technology, health and criminal justice. He was first to report on Bernie Madoff’s arrest and broke major news about his epic fraud. Federal judges have cited his reporting on egregious criminal sentencing. After moving to San Francisco from New York, he broke stories on the exploits of Web giants such as Google, Yahoo, and Twitter. His TV and radio appearances include CNBC, BBC, Fox, and NPR. He graduated from the University of Iowa, which is also his home state. After spending years watching startups be born, he felt compelled to be part of one. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Cory Weinberg is a reporter for The Information, covering the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. His work has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, the New York Times and Slate. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alfred Lee is a reporter at The Information, covering public and private tech markets from New York. He was previously a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University, and prior to that was a reporter at the Los Angeles Business Journal. His work has also appeared in Wilson Quarterly and NPR’s Morning Edition. He has received a Journalist of the Year award from the L.A. Press Club and an investigative reporting award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Wayne Ma is a reporter for The Information in Hong Kong. He was previously at Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for 10 years in Singapore, Beijing and Hong Kong, where he covered everything from oil trading to China's biggest conglomerates and technology companies. Originally from Chicago, he is a graduate of New York University's business and economic reporting program.
Tom Dotan joined The Information in 2014. He spent the last two years covering tech for the Los Angeles Business Journal in the heart of mediadom. While there he broke stories about the struggles of online video, the movie industry’s tense relationship with tech (particularly the talent agencies) and the rise and fall of subscription e-commerce. Prior to the Business Journal he worked as a freelance political reporter, publishing pieces in the Guardian, Marketplace, KCET and the Sacramento Bee. During the 2012 Republican primaries Herman Cain once offered to fight him. He declined. Originally from Northern California, he lived in Los Angeles for the past 5 years, at one point getting a Master’s in Online Journalism from USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism. Good to be back home. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priya Anand is a reporter for The Information, covering Amazon. She previously covered tech and transportation at BuzzFeed News, where she broke stories on Uber's finances, self-driving car program and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in the finance industry for MarketWatch. Priya 's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico and the Houston Chronicle. If you have tips or information, you can reach Priya at 732-615-8367.
Juro Osawa is a reporter for The Information based in Hong Kong. Previously, he was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where he wrote about China’s technology giants -- such as Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei -- as well as the country’s booming startup scene. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2012, he worked in Tokyo for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires covering Japan’s technology sector. He was part of a team of Wall Street Journal reporters that won The New York Press Club journalism award in 2015 for stories on Alibaba. In his free time, he takes street photos in Hong Kong.
Kevin joined The Information in 2016 after 11 years covering enterprise technology and cloud computing at CRN, a technology trade industry publication. Previously, he was a technical writer for France Telecom’s R&D division and a reporter at Business 2.0, a magazine that covered the rise (and fall) of the first dot-com era. He started his career at The Bangkok Post, a Thailand-based English language daily newspaper serving Southeast Asia. Kevin attended Colgate University and lives with his wife and two young children in Berkeley, Calif. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Zoë Bernard is a reporter for The Information, covering venture capital from The Information’s New York bureau. Previously, she was a reporter at Business Insider, where she broke stories on firms like Social Capital and Kleiner Perkins, as well as news on several high profile funding rounds. Her work on art, food, and 18th century cults has been featured in publications including San Francisco Magazine, Eater, and Atlas Obscura. Despite being a second-generation Las Vegas native, she has yet to win a game of poker. Follow her on Twitter at: @zoeSaintBernard.
Ashley Gold is a reporter at The Information, covering politics and policy from Washington, DC. Most recently, she worked as a technology reporter for POLITICO Pro, covering tech policy in Congress and federal agencies and at the Supreme Court. Prior to that, she worked in the BBC's Washington bureau covering breaking news and politics out of the US and Canada; earlier, she helped launch POLITICO Pro's eHealth vertical. Before that, she covered heath IT at FierceMarkets. In summer 2017 she was chosen to participate in Loyola Law School's Journalist Law School fellowship. She began her career as a Metro reporter at the Reading Eagle in Pennsylvania after graduating from Penn State with a degree in journalism in 2011.
Yunan joined The Information as a reporter in its Hong Kong bureau in September, 2017, after a year of freelancing work for us and an earlier stint as a summer intern. Yunan recently graduated from Tufts University with a double major in international relations and economics. She loves journalism and technology companies. She was a contributing writer for The Tufts Daily and has interned at The New York Times Beijing Bureau as well as The Information. She also interned at a leading car-sharing startup PPzuche in China and participated in the entrepreneur in residence program by ZhenFund, a Beijing-based early stage venture capital firm. She can be reached at Yunan@theinformation.com.
Aaron Tilley is a reporter for The Information, covering hardware. Previously, he was a reporter at Forbes, where he also covered hardware and chips. While there, he broke stories about Apple, AI's impact on chips and the overall chip business. Born in the Pacific Northwest, he graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in international studies.
Matt Drange covers money and power in Silicon Valley. He was previously a staff writer at Forbes magazine, where he reported on Donald Trump's business dealings and the intersection of technology and government. Prior to Forbes, Matt spent four years as a business reporter at The Center for Investigative Reporting. He earned a master's degree from the Columbia Journalism School, and has won numerous national and local journalism awards. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beejoli Shah is an entertainment reporter for The Information, covering talent agencies and the television industry. She previously covered the business of Hollywood for Gawker, and most recently worked as an investigations editor at Pacific Standard. Beejoli’s work has appeared in Wired, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and Texas Monthly.
Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter for The Information. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as business reporter for publications including the Washington Post and Bloomberg. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and other federal agencies. A native of Washington DC, Chris got his first job as a reporter at the Greenfield Recorder in Greenfield, Mass. Immediately prior to joining The Information, Chris spent five years at MetLife as the vice president of policy communications. He is a graduate of Middlebury College.
Jessica Toonkel covers media and telecom for The Information. Before that, she spent seven years at Reuters covering a range of topics including media, advertising, mergers and acquisitions and financial services. At Reuters, she consistently broke news on major deals, executive changes and corporate strategies at traditional media companies like Viacom and CBS as well as technology companies such as Facebook and Amazon. She was nominated as Text Journalist of the Year in 2017 for consistently breaking news on the media beat. In 2012, she was part of a team that was nominated as a Gerald Loeb Award finalist for Reuters’ coverage of the Facebook IPO. Before joining Reuters, Jessica spent years covering funds and investing for a number of publications including InvestmentNews, American Banker and Institutional Investor. She has won a number of awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. A graduate of Vassar College, Jessica is a native New Yorker now living in Brooklyn.
Jon Victor is a reporter at The Information, covering cryptocurrency and blockchain from New York. He has won several prizes and fellowships for his journalism, including an award by the Press Club of Cleveland for breaking news coverage. A native of Montreal, Canada, Jon studied philosophy and literature at Yale, where he served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News.
Mike Sullivan joined The Information in January 2017. Previously, Mike was Senior Interactive Developer for the New York Daily News where he was part of a team that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Before joining the Daily News, Mike was an Interactive Developer for The Wall Street Journal. Mike was also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia’s Journalism School where he taught a course on data and helped run a fellowship program. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
Sam is currently an intern at The Information and co-founder and co-CEO of Fin. He also invests in tech startups through Slow Ventures, where he is a partner. He was formerly a vice president of product management at Facebook from 2010 to 2014, where he managed the People, Places, and Things product group and the Identity product group. Prior to joining Facebook Sam founded drop.io, a file-sharing platform that was acquired by Facebook in 2010. Before drop.io Sam was an associate at Bain and Company. In his spare time Sam enjoys skiing and kite-surfing. He is married to Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information.
Matt Vascellaro studied "Semiotics" at Brown University and as punishment now lives in Los Angeles where he writes and directs. In addition to creating projects for 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures Studio, Matt co-created Hulu’s daily pop culture show "The Morning After" as well as the daily web comic "Settling". Matt is fascinated by the (slowly) disappearing line between entertainment and tech, and he is delighted to have hurried it along through the creation of online ad campaigns for Ford, Microsoft, Capital One, Milk, Tide and Target.
Andy has been leading engineering teams at Internet startups since the 1990s. He was founding engineer at firms including BabyCenter, DogTime and Breakthrough Behavioral, bringing ideas from drawing board to code to ongoing operating success. He holds a Master’s degree from Stanford and two Bachelors’ degrees from UC Berkeley. When not coding or helping others code better, he enjoys traveling, eating, learning to speak new languages, and looking at maps.
Ben joined The Information as an Engineer in 2017. Prior to The Information, he was a Web Development Immersive Instructor for General Assembly in San Francisco and Atlanta. Ben attended Georgia State University where he majored in Psychology. Originally from Atlanta, Ben enjoys producing music for various musical projects and following various international soccer teams.
Will is a member of The Information's engineering team. He previously worked at Harvard's Shorenstein Center building open-source data science tools for the media industry, as well as at a number of startups including Beepi and Hexo. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Oxford. Outside of work, he enjoys racing bikes, spending time in rowing boats, and reading ancient Chinese poetry.
Peter Schulz joined The Information as an Engineer in April 2015. In April 2016, Peter assumed the role of Senior Director of Business and Operations. Prior to The Information, Peter was a Director for Denver-based turnaround management firm, r2 advisors llc. He attended the University of Denver for both undergraduate and graduate school where he received a bachelor of science in accounting and a masters in finance. Outside of work, Peter enjoys riding his bike on the hills of San Francisco and exploring his fascination with all things whiskey. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Amy Nichols joined The Information in 2015 as the Director of Events. She previously held Director of Events roles at Zynga, VentureBeat and InMobi. Prior to working in tech, Amy worked in the financial services industry for JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse and Charles Schwab. Amy graduated from Middlebury College in 1997, and while a Southern California native, she’s been happily living in San Francisco since 2002. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay joined The Information in April 2019. Prior to The Information, Jay had a brief stint in the music industry as a blogger turned artist manager, ran multiple arbitrage websites in the influencer marketing space and most recently worked as a Growth Marketer for The Hustle. When not at the office, you can find Jay attending house music shows, parading his much cuter looking dog “Wizard” around Glen Park, or at the gym meticulously documenting fitness data points. You can reach him at email@example.com
Maria DeFelice joined The Information in 2015. She previously worked as the Director of PR for a music promotion company and most recently at the tech startup HotelTonight. She’s a Texas native who graduated from Boston University and stayed on the East Coast until migrating to the Bay Area in 2013. She is also a Notary Public.
Matthew McSwain joined The Information as a Customer Success Manager in January 2018. Prior to The Information, Matthew was a Director of Customer Operations and Member Success for Chinese based bicycle-sharing system, bluegogo International, Inc. He attended the University of California, Davis for undergraduate school where he received a bachelor of arts in Science and Technology Studies. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saneel joined The Information in May 2018. Prior to joining, he helped grow an ecommerce business in the electronic music production space. Saneel graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in Industrial Engineering. Some of his favorite hobbies include hiking, stand-up comedy, hip-hop, and exploring the San Francisco food scene.
Amelia Huie joined The Information in 2018 focusing on events. She previously held analyst and customer service roles at the San Francisco 49ers. Prior to working for the San Francisco 49ers, Amelia worked in the tech industry doing marketing for events for Cisco and LinkedIn. Amelia graduated from San Jose State with a BS in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing.
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Paul was a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal for 26 years and served as the paper’s managing editor from 1991 to 2007. He worked for 15 years at the Los Angeles Times as a reporter, the Washington economics correspondent and the business editor. From 2008 through 2012, Paul was the founding editor-in-chief and CEO of ProPublica. He remains actively involved as executive chairman. He was chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists from 2005 to 2011. From 1999 to 2007, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, serving as its chairman in his final year. He currently is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and a board member and treasurer of the Global Editors Network, based in Paris.
Jim is the co-founder and CEO of Axios. Prior to that he was the co-founder and CEO of POLITICO, the digital media company that revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York and Europe. Jim was a congressional and White House reporter for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal before becoming an entrepreneur. Jim and fellow co-founder John F. Harris were named the 2015 Editors of the Year by the National Press Foundation.
Steven is president of Rubenstein, an independent strategic communications firm.
The firm represents clients across a range of industries, including 21st Century Fox, Apollo Global, BMW, HBO and Jerry Seinfeld. In addition to active representation of a core group of clients, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency.
Steven began his Rubenstein career in 1992 as an account executive. Throughout his tenure, he has worked closely with his father, Howard J. Rubenstein, who founded the company in 1954 and today serves as Chairman.
Steven is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of directors of the Association for a Better New York, Friends of the High Line, Mayors Fund to Advance New York City and Reboot.
Kevin J. Delaney is editor in chief and co-founder of Quartz. He was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between hardship postings in Paris and San Francisco. While covering Internet companies such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook for the Journal, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He returned to New York and became managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney Magazine and a TV producer in Montreal.
John is a legendary Silicon Valley investor who was one of the first investors in Google, Amazon.com and Intuit. He serves on the boards of Amyris, Alphabet/Google, and Zynga, as well as private ventures. He led KPCB’s investments in Twitter, Uber and Slack. John earned degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and business from Harvard. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. John is a past member of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
Hayley co-founded Birchbox, a beauty retailer, and is currently a venture partner at First Round Capital. She served as co-CEO at Birchbox for five years from conception to launch and helped grow the business. She expanded Birchbox internationally and launched new business channels like men’s and retail stores. Hayley oversaw marketing, operations, strategy and technology. Before Birchbox, Hayley received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She started her career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company.
Tina Sharkey is the co-founder and CEO of Brandless, a new company that makes better everyday essentials at fairer prices: non-GMO food, clean beauty, non-toxic cleaners and home goods, all for just $3. Prior to Brandless, Tina was a Venture Partner at Sherpa Capital and the founding CEO of Sherpa Foundry. Before that, she co-founded iVillage, served as the Chairman and Global President of BabyCenter, and led Messaging, Network Programming and Social Media at AOL.
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