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Forbes hires Farivar of NBC News as a senior reporter

December 21, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

Cyrus Farivar

Forbes magazine has hired Cyrus Farivar from NBC News to be a senior reporter doing tech investigations.

He has been a investigative tech reporter at NBC News in San Francisco. He will start his new position on Jan. 3.

In addition to being a radio producer and author, Farivar was most recently a senior tech policy reporter at Ars Technica. He was also previously the sci-tech editor and host of “Spectrum” at Deutsche Welle English, Germany’s international broadcaster, from 2010-2012.

He is the author of multiple books, including “Habeas Data” (2018) and “The Internet of Elsewhere” (2011). Praised by The New Yorker, among others, “Habeas Data” takes a look at legal cases that have had an outsized impact on surveillance law in America. His first book focuses on the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world.

In 2021, Farivar and four of his colleagues from NBC News won a James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter for their reporting on Amazon and Covid. He has also won awards from SPJ NorCal for technology reporting in 2019 and 2017.

He has also reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.,, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times, Slate, and many others.

He received his B.A. in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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