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Washington Post hires Simonite as tech companies editor

June 6, 2024

Posted by Chris Roush

Tom Simonite

Washington Post business editor Lori Montgomery, deputy business editor Sandhya Somashekhar, technology editor, corporate and personal tech Yun-Hee Kim and technology editor, enterprise and investigations Alexis Fitts sent out the following announcement:

We are thrilled to announce that Tom Simonite is joining The Post’s Business staff as Tech Companies Editor, helping to drive coverage of some of the biggest players in Silicon Valley — as well as the growing creator economy — and their vast impacts on American society.

Tom joins us from Wired, where he has led a team of reporters covering Silicon Valley, from the Big Tech giants to groundbreaking startups and everything in between. As a senior editor for business coverage, he helped reporters break news on a broad range of topics, including how OpenAI signed a letter of intent to buy chips from an AI company backed by CEO Sam Altman and how the robotaxis that roam the streets of San Francisco occasionally trap human drivers. Tom also commissioned in-depth stories revealing the surprising afterlife in eastern Ukraine of totaled American Teslas and the grueling working conditions for contractors caught in the collapsing rent-a-scooter bubble, a piece memorably titled “Blood, Guns and Broken Scooters.” Tom also launched and edited Wired’s Fast Forward AI newsletter.

Before becoming an editor, Tom was a senior writer covering artificial intelligence at Wired. As a reporter, he filed impactful stories about a text generator that led a video game community down a disturbing path and the inside story of how the ethical AI researcher Timnit Gebru was ejected from Google. Tom also wrote the occasional fun feature, including a piece about the quest for a pill to defeat aging (in dogs). Prior to joining Wired, Tom led coverage of Silicon Valley for MIT Technology Review, a bimonthly magazine that features in-depth reporting on innovation. He is a co-designer of the Pulitzer Center’s AI Spotlight Series, which aims to train 1,000 journalists to cover artificial intelligence with a priority placed on the Global South and other underrepresented communities.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom with a degree in natural sciences, Tom later received a master’s in science communication from Imperial College London. He lives in San Francisco, where he enjoys cycling with his family and exploring the California wilderness

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