OLD Media Moves

Mercury News columnist leaves for LA Times job

January 11, 2007

Michelle Quinn, who in November was named one of the new technology columnists at the San Jose Mercury News, has bolted the paper for a job at the Los Angeles Times, according to a memo posted on the LA Observed web site.

Los Angeles TimesThe memo, from Times business editor Russ Stanton, said that Quinn is joining the paper as a reporter in its San Francisco bureau.

Stanton wrote, “Michelle was at The Merc for 10 years, where she was one of the anchors of the paper’s technology team. Among other things, she covered all of the big Hewlett-Packard stories in recent years (the Compaq acquisition, Carly Fiorina’s firing, the spying scandal) and co-wrote a column called ‘Swing Shift’ during the dot-com boom. She also wrote about workplace and family issues.

“Before The Merc, Michelle was a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. She got her start here at The Times, spending the summer of 1992 as an intern in the Calendar section before moving to the Ventura County bureau as a full-time stringer.

“Michelle is a 1986 graduate of the University of Delaware, got her master’s degree in journalism at UC Berkeley in 1992 and was a Knight Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan in 2002-2003. She grew up in Delaware, the most business friendly state in the nation. More importantly, she attended the same high school as George Thorogood.”

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