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Luria Petrucci

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Luria Petrucci (born January 25, 1981[1]), also known as Cali Lewis,[2] is an American podcaster and Internet personality best known for her podcasts GeekBeat.TV (video),[3] GeekBrief.TV (video), and GeekBeat LIVE (video),[4] and her guest host role on Call for Help. In 2007 she made a cameo appearance in a TV commercial for which aired during the Super Bowl.[5] Petrucci's social media presence includes a variety of platforms including Twitter,[6] Facebook [7] and Google+,[8] where over 2,250,000 total individuals are signed up to follow her social posts.

Luria Petrucci
Cali Lewis.jpg
Luria Petrucci
Born Luria Petrucci
(1981-01-25) January 25, 1981 (age 37)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Other names Cali Lewis
Notable work GeekBeat.TV, Geek Brief


Geeks LifeEdit

Geeks Life, started in 2015, is a Geek lifestyle channel where Luria and others encourage everyone to embrace their inner geek.[9]



Petrucci as Cali Lewis hosted GeekBeat.TV four times a week with her co-host John Pozadzides on the Revision3 network. She talked about technology and gadgets in a short format, aimed at a broad audience ranging from geeks to tech newbies.[10] The final episode of GeekBeat.TV aired on March 27, 2015,[11] with Petrucci posting a video the next day explaining the retirement of GeekBeat.TV and the introduction of her newest project, Geeks Life, produced by her own production company, TransBot Productions, LLC.[12] John Pozadzides has since relaunched the Geekbeat YouTube channel without Petrucci.[13]

My Mobile LifeEdit

Cali Lewis formerly hosted My Mobile Life through the Mevio network as a bi-weekly podcast which released on Monday and Wednesday mornings.[14] Mevio has since shut down.


Along with her husband at the time, Neal Campbell, Petrucci as Cali Lewis hosted GeekBrief.TV. The video podcast was released four days a week, with occasional special episodes. It provided news about technology and new releases in the consumer electronics industry. As part of the backstory for the show, Petrucci was cast in the role of the International Director of the fictional Geek Intelligence Agency (the G.I.A). The show was part of the Mevio network. In June 2010, after 800 episodes, Petrucci ended her partnership with Mevio,[15] which resulted in Geek Brief TV airing its final episode on June 25.

Wealth NationEdit

Along with John Pozadzides, Petrucci as Cali Lewis hosted the Wealth Nation audio podcast. The show focused on entrepreneurial and personal finance matters and was released once a week. Husband Neal Campbell hosted the show as well until early 2010, when their separation occurred. The show was produced by Dave Moyer.

The Crappy Christian ShowEdit

Along with Neal Campbell, Petrucci as Cali Lewis also hosted The Crappy Christian Show.[16] 35 episodes were made, the final episode was posted on November 10, 2005, just 13 days before Geek Brief TV was launched. The show was an audio podcast available on iTunes, but it has since been removed.


Petrucci as Cali Lewis has also appeared on Ustream. She records the show while sometimes broadcasting a live show on Ustream, so people can interact using the chat room. She also sometimes answers questions this way. On April 29, 2008, she began doing a weekly show on Ustream covering a wide variety of subjects. On June 10, 2008, at 17:00 GMT she appeared on Ustream to provide live coverage of the Worldwide Developers Conference 2007 (WWDC) and on January 6, 2010 she covered the CES 2010 keynote by Steve Ballmer.[17]


On June 29, 2007 Petrucci as Cali Lewis waited in line for the long-awaited iPhone from Apple. Once using it, she and her husband Neal decided to launch another podcast series dedicated to the cell phone, and iCali launched on July 14, 2007.[18] After the release of the Amazon Kindle, Petrucci decided to change directions with the iCali feed, and use it as her blog for all tech-related news. Following the release of the iPhone 3G, she again focused the blog on the iPhone, focusing on app reviews.

Other worksEdit

Geek Beat LIVEEdit

Along with John Pozadzides, Cali hosts Geek Beat LIVE every Friday at 4 PM eastern on The show focuses on a wider range of topics when compared to the daily web show. It is also aired on National Cable Television through the YouToo TV network.


Cali is also an occasional reporter for the BBC Click programme, especially when tech news comes from her home state of Texas, such as reporting on the Dallas Cowboys' HDTV screen, the world's largest.[19]


On February 14, 2009, Neal Campbell, posting as Cali Lewis, raised the issue of a global warming controversy with a post on Twitter. "It's so sad that smart people don't pay attention to the science that proves global warming is a hoax."[20] The comment was criticized by fellow radio host and podcaster Leo Laporte who said the statement was inconsistent with overwhelming scientific opinion on climate change.

On February 1, 2010, Neal Campbell posted a public apology,[21] in which he admitted the original message on Twitter was in fact written by him, as was typical throughout the production of GeekBrief.TV. The referenced post on her blog and the original tweet have been removed.

Neal Campbell went on to claim both on his blog (removed) and on Twitter that he was the author of all of her words stating on Twitter on August 29, 2010 that "Cali is as much me as it is Luria...." "Everything Cali said, I wrote. Cali is my thoughts + her spirit."[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Petrucci currently resides in Portland, Oregon (as of April 1, 2016, on her Google+ account), and her current boyfriend is David Foster. She married Neal Campbell on her eighteenth birthday, on January 25, 1999.[23] On April 13, 2010, Petrucci announced on her blog that she and Campbell had separated in early 2010 and were in the process of a divorce.[24] On November 2, 2010, Campbell announced on his blog that they were officially divorced.[25]

In an aside, she once said during an episode of GeekBrief.TV that she is a libertarian.[26]

On episode 504 (airing on April 5, 2015) of This Week In Tech Cali Lewis returned to her legal name of Luria Petrucci.[27]


  1. ^ "Cali on". Archived from the original on March 29, 2007. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Luria Petrucci interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the network
  3. ^ "Geek Beat - One of the world's most recognizable technology news brands, delivering daily tech news, tips, and reviews". Geek Beat. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 28, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "TheOfficeIO_large.swf". Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Luria Petrucci (@CaliLewis) - Twitter". Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Cali Lewis". Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "Luria Petrucci - Google+". Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 9, 2015. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  11. ^ "John P's Last Episode". March 27, 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  13. ^ "GeekBeat". YouTube. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 28, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  15. ^ "What happened to GeekBrief TV? - The Geek Pub". June 28, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  16. ^ " - The Podcast Directory". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 13, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2007.
  18. ^ iCali
  19. ^ "The world's largest suspended TV". June 6, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2017 – via
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  21. ^ "apology". February 1, 2010. Archived from the original on April 19, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  22. ^ Neal Campbell [@nealcampbell] (August 29, 2010). "@StealingVirtue Cali is as much me as it is Luria. That's the problem. Everything Cali said, I wrote. Cali is my thoughts + her spirit" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  23. ^ "GeekBrief.TV - Video Podcast » Archive » GBTV #0301 - GeekBrief.TV". Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  24. ^ "announced on her blog". Archived from the original on April 18, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  25. ^ "announced on his blog". November 2, 2010. Archived from the original on November 23, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  26. ^ "GeekBrief.TV - Video Podcast » Archive » GBTV #14 - GeekBrief.TV". Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  27. ^ "This Week in Tech 504 Tell Me I'm Not a Narcissist - TWiT.TV". Retrieved December 30, 2017.

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