Next stop: Radio. I’m going to Marketplace!
A personal blog is a funny thing, in the age of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and every other way I choose to share information these days. For example, the last post here on my personal blog says that I’m going to the New York Times.
This post says that I’m leaving the New York Times. I’m leaving it for American Public Media’s Marketplace show on public radio, where I’ll have the (quite remarkable) title of Host and Senior Tech Correspondent.
I’ll continue to be based in San Francisco, but I’ll be the backup host for the Marketplace properties: the afternoon show with Kai Ryssdal, the Morning Report with David Brancaccio, the Tech show with the wonderful Ben Johnson (who got me into this mess) and the Weekend show with Lizzie O’Leary.
When I’m not doing that, I’ll be delivering feature reports on Silicon Valley and the tech industry.
And I could not be more thrilled and excited.
Those of you who know Marketplace know why! The show is funny, witty, smart, and my favorite thing: profoundly interesting. It’s my honor to get to be one of the voices in such a unique and valuable portfolio.
Those of you who know me know why I couldn’t resist going there. I love radio. I love audio, the medium. I think audio is the great underestimated medium of our time. It’s so intimate–it literally whispers in your ear. It’s portable, it’s where you are whatever you’re doing. It’s with you in the car, at the gym, on your bike, out in the woods with your earphones in. (Plus, it requires a lot less makeup than video.)
I’m a little intimidated, too, because radio is actually the last journalistic medium I haven’t done. Sure, I’ve been on the radio. After all, I’ve been doing a weekly appearance on Marketplace for what, almost six years? Since the days of John Moe! But I’ve never done radio reporting–that’s saying a lot, because I’ve done newspapers, magazines, wire service, podcasting, video, book editing and online writing and reporting in my short time on this planet. Radio is the last undiscovered country for me, and I am looking forward to the challenge.
I had a tremendous experience at the New York Times. I met some incredible colleagues, I was lucky to be in the company of many brilliant people, and I unquestionably became a better journalist thanks to the rigor, the accountability, the incredibly high standards and the great editors I was lucky enough to work with.
But I think those of you who know me well or who have followed my career thus far will understand that for me, this Marketplace opportunity feels like a perfect fit. I just couldn’t turn it down. I’m grateful that I was able to appear in the pages of the Times at all, and I hope I will again.
For now, though, I’m thinking how funny it is that we’re on the cusp of the 10th anniversary of Buzz Out Loud, the little podcast that taught me how to talk, and how I am on the cusp of finding a whole new voice, on a whole new adventure, all this time later. And it just feels right.
I hope you’ll all tune in!