Investigating the tech industry

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Marcus Baram of Fast Company; Christina Farr of CNBC; Yunan Zhang of The Information
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 8
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

**Moderated by Marcus Baram, Fast Company

The giant companies at the heart of the digital economy - Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google - play an increasingly outsized role in our life and society, spurring an increase in coverage of the sector. But reporting on Silicon Valley can be uniquely challenging, from dealing with a secretive corporate culture to understanding complex technological developments. This panel will address these issues, with reporters discussing how they have managed to develop sources and break important stories.


Speaker Bios

  • Marcus Baram has worked as an editor at the New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post. He has written and reported for the New York Daily News, ABC News, the New York Times, the New Yorker, New York magazine, and the Village Voice. He's also the author of the critically-acclaimed biography "Pieces of a Man: Gil Scott-Heron," has waited on tables, bartended, deejayed at nightclubs, driven an ice cream truck, and taught elementary [email protected]


  • Christina Farr is a health and technology reporter with CNBC in San Francisco. Previously, she worked at Fast Company and Reuters. She's a graduate of the Stanford Journalism School. 

  • Yunan is writing for The Information, with a focus on China. She previously interned at The New York Times Beijing Bureau and The Information. Before that, she worked at a leading car-sharing startup in China and participated in the entrepreneur in residence program by ZhenFund, a Beijing-based early stage venture capital firm. She graduated from Tufts University, with a double major in Economics and International Relations.

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