The newest technology business reporter at the Times is Chris O'Brien, who comes from the San Jose Mercury. The memo to the newsroom from Business Editor Marla Dickerson:
To: The Staff
From: Marla Dickerson, Business Editor
Please join me in welcoming Chris O’Brien, who begins today as our technology reporter covering Apple and Silicon Valley.
Chris comes to us from the San Jose Mercury News, where for the past 13 years he has distinguished himself as an astute observer of events, trends and technologies emanating from the center of the tech universe. He has won several awards including winning the projects category for his “Rich Man, Poor Company” series from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. SABEW once dubbed him one of the best business columnists in the country. In addition to being a business reporter and columnist, he was the recipient of a Knight Foundation grant to research and design the ideal newsroom of the future. Most recently he has been in charge of re-launching the technology blog for the Mercury News in addition to writing his business columns about Silicon Valley. He’ll report to technology editor Peter Pae.
Chris also worked at the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., after graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in public policy and history from Duke University. He grew up in Overland Park, Kan. He is married to Jen, a doctoral student in sociology at UC Berkeley, and has two children, Liam, 9, and Kalian, 7. Take note Blue Cube, O’Brien dabbles in Scottish fiddling.