VIDEO: A conversation with New York Times writer John Markoff

Reporter, author and Palo Alto native talks journalism, tech, cycling

In this "First Person" interview, John Markoff, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times senior writer and author, talks with Lisa Van Dusen about growing up in Palo Alto, covering Silicon Valley for more than 30 years and his current interest in artificial intelligence and robotics -- the "next big thing."

This story contains 405 words.

If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.

If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.


Like this comment
Posted by Harold Burstyn
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2014 at 5:28 am

I met John Markoff when he came east to cover the trial of Robert T. Morris for launching the Internet worm. I, too, wrote articles about the trial, a short one for the Jpurnal of the American Bar Association and a long one for Harvard Magazine.

Like this comment
Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on May 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I'm not a big Markoff fan. Most of Markoff's writing about hacker Kevin Mitnick was pretty over-hyped and clouded in ethical controversy. If you want to hear Mitnick's side, be sure to read Jonathan Littman's "The Fugative Game" which is a much better story than Markoff's "Takedown" wriiten with Tsutomu Shimomura. Mitnick has a great story to tell, Shimomura's isn't even interesting.

Markoff's Pulilzer was shared with a group of reporters at the New York Times. Their series of articles covered the business practices of Apple and their subcontractor's treatment of workers in China.

Like most journalists, Markoff seems to have trouble telling a story that doesn't have clear delineation between winners and losers, or good guys and bad guys.

Like this comment
Posted by Messy
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Joe, maybe because there isn't always a clear delineation between winners and losers. Reality is often much more messy than ideology would insist it should be.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Nobu confirmed to open in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 25,843 views

And one more makes three
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 8,317 views

Secretary of Plate
By Laura Stec | 3 comments | 2,652 views

New York College Tours
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 1,195 views

Family Planning: Both Agree Before Getting Pregnant
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 796 views


Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund

For the last 23 years, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund has given away more than $4 million to local nonprofits serving children and families. When you make a donation, every dollar is automatically doubled, and 100% of the funds go directly to local programs. It’s a great way to ensure your charitable donations are working at home.