Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pogue, Times Technology Columnist, Is Leaving for Yahoo

David Pogue, the technology writer for The New York Times, whose columns were among the most popular at the paper, said on Monday that he was leaving for Yahoo to start a consumer-focused technology site.

David Pogue, in 2009 at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

In addition to his “State of the Art” column, where he has reviewed new technology products for 13 years, Mr. Pogue created weekly videos for The Times and wrote a blog, Pogue’s Posts, that won a Gerald Loeb award for Distinguished Business Journalism in 2010.

In a statement on his Tumblr site this morning Mr. Pogue wrote: “Thirteen years is a long time to stay in one place; we all thrive on new experiences.”

He then elaborated on his new mission at Yahoo. “I’ll be writing columns and blog posts each week, of course, and making my goofy videos,'’ he wrote. “But my team and I have much bigger plans, too, for all kinds of online and real-world creations.'’

Mr. Pogue always worked for other organizations besides The Times, and while at Yahoo he will continue to keep his outside assignments, which include technology correspondent for “CBS News Sunday Morning,” columnist for Scientific American and the host of a series on technology on the PBS program “Nova.”

Mr. Pogue’s departure comes as technology coverage has become increasingly prized by media companies. Only weeks ago, Walter Mossberg, a leading reviewer of new devices, and his partner Kara Swisher at AllThingsD, said they would be leaving The Wall Street Journal to start a technology writing and conference business with the backing of new partners.

In a memo to the newsroom, Dean Murphy, The Times’s business editor, and Suzanne Spector, the technology editor, wrote that Mr. Pogue’s columns were “a delight to read'’ and wished him well in his new job.

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