Recent Profiles

Profile: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet/Computerworld

If you're a PR pro under 30, know that Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols was writing about technology before you were born. That doesn't make Steven unpitchable -- but it does make him impervious to clerk-y PR razzle-dazzle. We'll spare you the full measure of his PR laments, except that "it's kind of frightening" to him that "even the big PR firms... throw the "recent [college] graduates" into the deep end, pitching stories they don't fully understand.

 

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Profile: Christina Bonnington, Refinery29

"OMG, I'm a millennial," Tweeted Christina Bonnington this week, when she couldn't remember what a "keyboard typing machine" was called. The former Wired Gadget Lab writer, now the newly hired technology editor for Refinery29, doesn't really need to remember the word "typewriter" anyway. She's got an important new job these days, focusing on cool, useful technology that will fascinate Refinery29's 22 million monthly readers.

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Profile: Evelyn Rusli, WSJ

(Editor's note: Moments after we posted this profile, Evelyn announced her next move...) Evelyn Rusli is the kind of reporter even senior PR pros will admire from afar. Imagine being on camera at Fox News and TechCrunch and working for Forbes, twice for the New York Times and now for the Wall Street Journal -- all before you're 30. Before any of this, college-age, freelancer Evelyn, home for the holidays, helped the NYT cover a 9.1 magnitude earthquake -- yes, a 9.1 -- in her native Indonesia.

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Profile: Carmel DeAmicis to Re/code

Just as the Andreessen Horowitz SxSW party was winding down, Carmel DeAmicis walked into the room, spotted Re/code co-founder Kara Swisher, walked up to her and introduced herself. Kara pounced. "I know who you are," she said. "I can't talk now... but have you ever considered Re/code?" Recalls Carmel: "I was in final negotiations with Business Insider... but Kara stole me away at the last minute with her Kara power."

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Profile: Farhad Manjoo, NY Times

Eight-year-old Farhad Manjoo left South Africa with his sister and parents in 1987, bound for a new life in southern California. He spent his college years among the gorges of New York's Finger Lakes, studying economics and editing Cornell's student newspaper. Upon graduation, Wired gave him his first tech edit job just as the (first) tech bubble burst. Farhad rode it out, eventually freelancing for top-tier titles and authoring a book about truth.

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Profile: Mariel Myers, CNET Video

Interested in visual storytelling? Take a trip inside the mind of CNET senior news producer Mariel Myers. Mariel represents the kind of influencer you'll encounter more and more. More than that, it's the way she thinks. "I can use words, sounds and pictures to tell a story, which is a really powerful thing," Mariel says. "I work to make stories visual. First, is the story worth telling? Then, it's how do you tell it visually?"

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Profile: Issie Lapowsky, Wired

Staff writer Issie Lapowsky carries a big load at Wired; she typically writes more than once a day and when a big Facebook or Google story breaks, it's often Issie who has to chase it. That said, she's always on the hunt for constructive stories to tell. Her work often gravitates to doing-well-by-doing-good stories. She also writes quite about education, as she did at Inc.

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Profile: Aaron Tilley, Forbes

Forbes staff writer Aaron Tilley, whose beat is hardware and chipmakers, is one of those reporters that PR is lucky to pitch: smart, sincere and hungry to learn. It's a shame, so far, that much of PR mishandles him. "It becomes a little exhausting being pitched all the time," Aaron says, "when in fact you just want to have a conversation with another human being." 

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SWMS Profile: Julie Bort, Business Insider

More than a few PR pros complain that Business Insider enterprise editor Julie Bort is tough to pitch. A veteran of LAN Times, VARBusiness and Network World, Julie has been around the track. Early in her career she also worked for PR Newswire -- so she knows all about your key messages.

 

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Profile: Nellie Bowles, Re/code

We profile Re/code culture reporter Nellie Bowles on a day when the woman who hired her, Kara Swisher, is to interview the President of the United States. That's something Nellie could pull off, too. She's just as erudite, charismatic and good on camera. Like Kara, Nellie can write books: she's writing one now, for Hachette, about Silicon Valley culture. And she writes as colorfully as anyone at Re/code or anywhere else. 

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Profile: Ron Miller, TechCrunch

For PR, Ron Miller is a godsend -- an earnest, competent enterprise reporter for TechCrunch, a publication that every client covets. "TechCrunch gets pigeonholed in a way that's not necessarily accurate or fair," Ron told us this week. "In some ways it might be because they think of it as the TechCrunch of 2008, 2009 or 2010. It is still that, but it's more than that."

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Profile: Michal Lev-Ram, Fortune

It's been years since Fortune senior writer Michal Lev-Ram was paid to walk trade show floors, head back to the hotel room and click the keys. She still writes and remains pitchable. But it's best to think of modern Michal as a businesswoman and a brand unto herself. She's fresh off co-chairing last month's Fortune Most Powerful Women, Next Gen conference; there will be another this year and she's recruiting speakers for it. 

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