WALTER MOSSBERG Biography - People in the News and Media


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Name: Walt Mossberg                                                                 
Born: 27 March 1947                                                                 
Walter S. Mossberg (born March 27, 1947) is an American journalist who is the       
principal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal. His Personal             
Technology column has appeared every Thursday since 1991. He also writes the         
Mossberg Solution column each Wednesday (co-authored with his assistant,             
Katherine Boehret), and the Mossberg's Mailbox column on Thursdays. He appears       
weekly on CNBC television, and also authors a monthly column called The Mossberg     
Report in SmartMoney Magazine. In all of these columns, Mossberg reviews             
consumer technology products and services, and comments on trends in consumer       
Mossberg is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers on               
information technology. In 2004, in a lengthy profile, Wired called him "The         
Kingmaker", saying "[f]ew reviewers have held so much power to shape an industry's   
successes and failures." He is also the highest paid journalist at the               
In partnership with his fellow Journal columnist Kara Swisher, Mossberg created,     
produces and hosts the Journal's annual D: All Things Digital conference in         
Carlsbad, CA, in which top technology leaders, such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs,   
appear on stage without prepared remarks, or slides, and are interviewed by the     
two columnists.                                                                     
Mossberg has been a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal since 1970.       
He is based in the Journal's Washington, D.C., office, where he spent 18 years       
covering national and international affairs before turning his attention to         
He is a native of Warwick, Rhode Island, and graduated from Brandeis University     
and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.