#218: The Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist in Silicon Valley - Kara Swisher
Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) has been called 'Silicon Valley's most feared and well-liked journalist' by New York Magazine. Here's just one example: you can graph the impact on Yahoo's stock price by various posts by Kara. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
She attended Georgetown's School of Foreign Service prior to changing course to journalism. It turns out many of the skills that would make a good spy are those that make a good journalist: developing sources, asking good questions, scenario planning, and much more. She forged her reputation at the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, and now she spends the majority of her time as Executive Editor of Recode and the host of the Recode Decode podcast.
Over the last 11 years and alongside Walt Mossberg, she has also co-produced D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and many other leading players in the tech and media industries.
In this podcast episode, she and I cover a lot of subjects, enjoy quite a few laughs, and dig into details you can readily apply and test yourself. Topics include:
- The art and craft of good questions
- Lessons learned and favorite moments from interviewing Steve Jobs
- What separates good from great journalists
- War stories, missed opportunities, and 'optimistic pessimism'
I hope that you enjoy this episode with Kara Swisher!
Show notes and links for this episode can be found at www.fourhourworkweek.com/podcast.
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