Times names Molly Wood deputy tech editor
The New York Times is continuing to staff up on the technology desk. On Tuesday the paper said that it hired Molly Wood, previously of CNET, as deputy technology editor at Business Day.
Wood will be tasked primarily with shaping the paper’s consumer technology coverage, and will write the paper’s "Tool Kit" column, said business editor Dean Murphy and technology editor Suzanne Spector in a joint memo.
The tech desk at the Times has been in state of shakeup lately. Last week, Farhad Manjoo jumped to the paper to serve as a permanent replacement for "State of the Art" columnist David Pogue, who left for Yahoo last year. Manjoo, a veteran of Slate, joined on with the Times after brief stint writing a similar column for The Wall Street Journal.
Wood had guested in the "State of the Art" space following Pogue’s departure. At CNET, Wood helmed the site’s daily “Buzz Out Loud” pod- and webcasts, among other consumer tech coverage. She will remain based in San Francisco and will work with the paper's deputy tech editor in New York, Ashwin Seshagiri, who serves as the desk's web producer.
Read Murphy and Spector’s full memo below.
As The Times moves to become an even more authoritative force in consumer technology, we have terrific news: Molly Wood, recently of the CBS-owned tech website CNET, is coming to Business Day as a deputy technology editor with primary responsibility for our consumer tech coverage.
In addition to helping us shape that coverage, Molly will review products, appear in videos, write a column (Tool Kit for starters) and more generally keep us at the cutting edge of consumer tech in print, on Bits, on social media – anywhere and everywhere our readers can be engaged.
Molly, who has been covering personal technology from Silicon Valley for 13 years, is a technocrat without sounding like one. “I’m the fun geek at the party,” she says. “I bring life to technology, because I’m actually passionate about it.”
Times readers got a taste of Molly’s work when she was a guest columnist last month for “State of the Art.” She wrote about the new Mac Pro, the high-end ($8,000 plus) desktop, which Apple loaned to her for the review. “For the moment, I am living the life of a tech one-percenter,” Molly wrote. Her takeaway? “In car terms, the new Mac Pro is like a Ferrari or a Maserati. It’s gorgeous, sexy and powerful, and a few rich people will probably buy one in order to go fast. But that doesn’t mean it could cut it in Formula One.”
Molly is best known as the host of “Buzz Out Loud,” a daily CNET podcast and webcast, as the executive producer and host of “Always On with Molly Wood,” a weekly half-hour review show, and as a consumer tech commentator at a blog appropriately named “Molly Rants.” She’s run a half marathon to test wearable fitness devices, jumped from a plane snapping photos from a smartphone, and tested a phone’s durability by crushing it with grapes barefoot in Napa Valley. In 2012, she was a finalist for an ASME online magazine award for her blog commentaries.