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Farhad Manjoo (born August 19, 1978) is an American journalist and author. Manjoo was a staff writer for Slate magazine from 2008 to 2013 and left Slate in September 2013 to join The Wall Street Journal as a technology columnist.[1] In January 2014, Manjoo became the "State of the Art" columnist for The New York Times, replacing David Pogue.[2] He has been a contributor to National Public Radio since 2009.[3]

Farhad Manjoo
Farhad Manjoo
Farhad Manjoo in 2008
Born (1978-08-19) August 19, 1978 (age 40)
South Africa
OccupationJournalist, author
EducationCornell University


Early life and educationEdit

Manjoo was born in South Africa in 1978 to a family with ancestral roots in India. His family left the country when he was eight years old,[4] and he was raised in Southern California.[1] He graduated from Cornell University in 2000. During his undergraduate years, he served as writer and editor-in-chief of the Cornell Daily Sun student newspaper.[1]


Manjoo wrote for Wired News before taking a staff position at In July 2008, Manjoo accepted a job at Slate magazine writing a twice-weekly technology column. In September 2013, Manjoo joined The Wall Street Journal as a technology columnist;[1] his final column for Slate, in which he urged men to wear makeup, was published on September 20.[5] He later moved to The New York Times.

Manjoo has written about technology, new media,[6] politics,[7] and controversies in journalism.[8]

He is the author of the book True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.[9][10][11]

He shared the 2018 Gerald Loeb Award for Breaking News for the story "Ouster at Uber."[12]

In March 2018 article he published a column in the Times about a personal experiment in getting most of his news from print sources for two months.[13] The piece drew criticism from the Columbia Journalism Review[14] and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism[15] for the article's assertion Manjoo had "unplugged from Twitter" for this period when in fact he continued to use the social media service daily. Manjoo felt his piece was sufficiently clear that he made exceptions to his "unplugged" policy, and The New York Times stood by the piece.[14] WNYC's On the Media removed a segment with Manjoo discussing the experiment.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b c d "Manjoo Joins Wall Street Journal as Technology Columnist". The Wall Street Journal. September 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Cohen, Noam (January 16, 2014). "The Times Hires a Technology Columnist". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Farhad Manjoo Talks You Into Joining Facebook", National Public Radio, February 17, 2009.
  4. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (February 15, 2013). Twitter
  5. ^ Farhad Manjoo (September 20, 2013). "Men Should Wear Makeup".
  6. ^ Mitchell, Dan. "The Thin Skin of Apple Fans", The New York Times, March 22, 2008.
  7. ^ Farhad Manjoo. "Rumors Reasons", The New York Times, March 16, 2008.
  8. ^ Kristoff, Nicholas D. "The Daily Me", The New York Times, March 18, 2009.
  9. ^ Hesse, Monica. "Truth: Can You Handle It?", The Washington Post, April 27, 2008.
  10. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (2008). True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-fact Society. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-05010-1
  11. ^ Hluchy, Patricia. "Redefining truth in a 'post-fact society'", Toronto Star, April 20, 2008.
  12. ^ "UCLA Anderson School of Management Announces 2018 Gerald Loeb Award Winners". PR Newswire. June 25, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  13. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (7 March 2018). "For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here's What I Learned". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  14. ^ a b Mitchell, Dan (9 March 2018). "The Times tech columnist 'unplugged' from the internet. Except he didn't". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  15. ^ Benton, Joshua (12 March 2018). "The ❤️ of the matter: Here are too many words about Farhad Manjoo's Twitter habits (and some cool charts)". NiemanLab. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Like We Used To Do". On the Media. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Did Farhad "Unplug"?". On the Media. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018.

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