Kara Swisher

Kara Swisher

Formal First Name
12/11/1962 - present

Kara Swisher is the Host of Sway, a semiweekly interview podcast about power sponsored by New York Times Opinion. For more than 20 years, she has been one of the leading voices on digital issues, developments, and news in the technology industry. Her comprehensive coverage of the industry earned her a reputation as “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist.” She is also a long-time contributor to a variety of major publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Vanity Fair.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • She interned at The Washington Post, where she worked her way up to reporter and covered nascent digital companies like America Online.
  • She moved to the San Francisco bureau of The Wall Street Journal in the 1990s as one of the first reporters on the internet beat and eventually began her popular “Boom Town” column.
  • She covered breaking news about the web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology.
  • She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home issues called “Home Economics.”
  • She has hosted hundreds of newsmaking interviews, going head-to-head with prominent figures including Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Rupert Murdoch, Stacey Abrams, Kim Kardashian, and President Barack Obama