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NYTimes tech columnist Pogue leaving for Yahoo

October 21, 2013

Posted by Chris Roush

New York Times tech columnist David Pogue has posted the following announcement on his Tumblr:

It’s true: After 13 years at the New York Times, I’ve accepted a new job.

Leaving The Times is a big deal. My years there coincided with the explosion of just about everything important in today’s tech — the Web, social media, e-books, smartphones, tablets, duck-faced selfies. It’s been an amazing ride.

It’s not easy leaving the Times, especially when you admire it as much as I do. No matter what happens to prose on paper, the Times itself, as a gatherer and curator of news, will always be necessary and important. The culture may be changing, and the readership may be shifting, but this paper steadfastly focuses on responsible journalism, irconclad ethics and superb writing. I’ll always be a loyal ally.

I learned so much, personally and professionally, from the four editors who guided me over the years,: Jim Gorman, Kevin McKenna, Damon Darlin and Suzanne Spector. And their bosses. And the Web and video producers who’ve encouraged me to infuse my sophomoric humor into everything I do. (Remember the Pogueomatic?)

But 13 years is a long time to stay in one place; we all thrive on new experiences. So I was intrigued when Yahoo invited me to help build a new consumer-tech site.

Actually, “site” doesn’t even cover it. I’ll be writing columns and blog posts each week, of course, and making my goofy videos. But my team and I have much bigger plans, too, for all kinds of online and real-world creations.

Here is the announcement from Times business editor Dean Murphy:

David Pogue, who has written reviews for the “State of the Art” column for 13 years, is leaving to help launch a consumer-tech site at Yahoo.

David picked up “State of the Art” duty from Peter H. Lewis in 2000, when the column appeared in the erstwhile stand-alone Circuits section. In 2006, the column moved to the BizDay section front. David has also been blogging for our technology page, and he has made regular video appearances.

David has been a valued member of our technology team, and his columns have been a delight to read. We thank him for a great run, and wish him well in his new adventure.

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