Harry McCracken, who has been a Time and Time.com contributor, joins the magazine full time as Editor at Large. The Technologizer founder and former PC World editor’s expertise “is matched only by his versatility,” says Time managing editor Rick Stengel’s memo. “He writes long, writes short, knows the inventors and the consumers, offers the expert product review and then the high altitude perspective on the forces that are changing the industry and the culture.” Read the memo after the jump.
From: Rick Stengel
To: TIME Edit
It is with great pleasure that I announce that Harry McCracken will come on staff full time as an Editor at Large.
Harry is a legend in the technology world and has been a terrific asset for TIME as a contributor to the magazine and TIME.com. His expertise is matched only by his versatility: he writes long, writes short, knows the inventors and the consumers, offers the expert product review and then the high altitude perspective on the forces that are changing the industry and the culture. He writes in a clear, conversational style that is appreciated by both techies and Luddites. In his new role, his talents will be showcased even more in the pages of TIME and on TIME.com, where his Technologizer site will have a new home.
Prior to founding Technologizer in 2008, McCracken served as editor in chief of PC World, the world’s largest computer magazine, and its website, PCWorld.com. He has won awards for his writing and editing from American Business Media, ASBPE, MIN and the Western Publishing Association, and was named to the “Folio 40″ list of media movers and shakers and as one of MIN’s 21 Most Intriguing People. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance chose him as best tech gadget guru, and TechRepublic called him the #1 techie to follow on Twitter. He has also appeared as a tech expert on many TV and radio outlets, including the BBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC and the History Channel, and collaborated with Dateline NBC on a multi-state investigation into PC repair services.
A graduate of Boston University, McCracken lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife.