Tech icon and “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist” (New York Magazine), Kara Swisher is the executive editor of Recode, host of the Recode Decode podcast, and co-executive producer of the Code Conference.
Swisher co-founded Recode and, before that, co-produced and co-hosted The Wall Street Journal’s “All Things Digital” conference with Walt Mossberg, the leading high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and many other major players in the tech and media industries.
Swisher worked in The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. For many years, she wrote the column, “BoomTown,” which appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and on The Wall Street Journal Online. Previously, Swisher covered breaking news about the web’s major players and internet policy issues, and she wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She has also written the weekly column “Home Economics” for the Personal Journal on home issues.
Swisher is the author of aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web, published by Times Business Print Books in July 1998. The sequel, There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future, was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Print Books.
Previously, Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and as an editor at the Washington City Paper. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.