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Kara Swisher


Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large
Kara Swisher is the co-founder and editor-at-large of Recode, producer and host of the Recode Decode and Pivot podcasts, and co-executive producer of Code Conference. She also has a special series on MSNBC called Revolution on the impact of technology on work, society, and more, and she is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

Before co-founding Recode, Swisher co-produced and co-hosted the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference series (now called Code Conference) with Walt Mossberg starting in 2003. It was, and still is, the country’s premier conference on tech and media, with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, the Google leadership, Tim Cook, Jack Dorsey, and many other leading players. She and Mossberg were also the co-executive editors of a tech and media website,, founded in 2007.

Swisher worked in the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. For many years, she wrote the column “BoomTown,” which appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and online at Previously, Swisher covered breaking news about the web’s major players and internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper.

Earlier in her career, Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and as an editor at the Washington City Paper. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

Swisher is also the author of How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads, and Made Millions in the War for the Web, published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future, was published in 2003 by Crown Business Books.

Speaking in:

Monday Jan 13
9:45 - 10:15 AM
SAP QualtricsXM Theatre, Level 1
Please note: Members of the media may take notes but may not record audio or video in this session. Government policies, such as tax reform, reciprocal trade agreements and monetary regulation, persist as key instruments in managing global economic... Read more
Tuesday Jan 14
4:00 - 4:30 PM
SAP QualtricsXM Theatre, Level 1
New this year, NRF has partnered with Recode to bring its hard-hitting editorial interview style to NRF 2020 Vision’s stages. In this live interview, Recode co-founder and editor-at-large Kara Swisher will leverage her background in tech,... Read more