As part our expanding coverage of technology, Geoff will help readers navigate the confusing, occasionally scary, and deeply personal world of tech. He brings both enthusiasm and skepticism to his subject matter and a keen understanding of how the latest innovations impact ordinary people and society.
Geoff has been based in San Francisco since 2009, reporting and editing stories on startups and tech giants including Facebook, Amazon and Apple, as well as national news topics such as the battle over gay marriage. He was part of the team that won the Scripps Howard Foundation First Amendment Award for reporting on digital privacy.
From 2002 to 2008, Geoff was based in Hong Kong and China covering topics ranging from SARS to the early development of the Chinese Internet. He also covered three Olympic Games (Beijing, Vancouver and London).
He has a master’s degree in social anthropology from Cambridge University and an undergraduate degree in anthropology and Afro-American studies from Harvard University.
Raised in Columbia, South Carolina, he started writing for The State newspaper at age 10. He loves baking pies, and welcomes gifts of real southern peaches to the Silicon Valley peach wasteland. He lives in San Francisco’s Mission District with his husband.
Geoff will start on Oct. 23 and continue to work from San Francisco. He will be in the newsroom the first week of November, so please stop by and welcome him. His Facebook and Twitter handle is @geoffreyfowler.