Harry McCracken

Harry McCracken is technology editor for Fast Company and the founder of Technologizer, a website about personal technology. He was an editor at large for Time, covering technology, from February 2012 to June 2014. McCracken is also a former contributing editor at CNET.[1]

Harry McCracken
OccupationMagazine editor
RelativesElizabeth McCracken (sister)

Until June 2, 2008, McCracken was the editor-in-chief of PC World for four years; he had previously held other editorial positions for ten.


He was educated in the public schools of Newton, Massachusetts, the Cambridge School of Weston, and Boston University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.[2][3]

McCracken is the son of the late Samuel McCracken, a professor at Boston University and a long-time assistant to BU president John Silber; and Natalie Jacobson McCracken, a retired editor in chief for development and alumni publications at BU.[4]


On May 1, 2007, McCracken resigned abruptly under controversial circumstances. McCracken quit abruptly because the new CEO of PC World, Colin Crawford, tried to stop an unfavorable story about Apple Inc. and Steve Jobs.[5] Crawford responded, calling media reports of McCracken's resignation "inaccurate."[6] McCracken told colleagues that IDG, PC World's publisher, "was pressuring him to avoid stories that were critical of major advertisers."[7][8] On May 9, 2007, Crawford was transferred to another department and McCracken returned to PC World.[9]

Other worksEdit

In addition to his computer magazine work, McCracken has also been active in animation fandom, as a central mailer for Apatoons, and editor of Animato! magazine. He was also co-moderator of the BIX Animation Forum, with the late Emru Townsend. He is also the webmaster of the Scrappyland website, devoted to the Charles Mintz cartoon character Scrappy.[10] He has also contributed to Slate.[11]


McCracken has won a number of awards for his editorial work. He received the American Business Media (ABM) Timothy White Award for Editorial Integrity in 2008, recognizing his resignation on principle in 2007.[12] That same year he also won Best Editorial Column recognition from ABM and was listed on Folio magazine's list of 40 media influencers.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

McCracken married Marie Domingo on December 26, 2010.[14] He is the brother of novelist and teacher Elizabeth McCracken.[15]


  1. ^ "CNET Taps Distinguished Technology Journalist Harry McCracken As Contributing Editor". The Financial. September 12, 2011. Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  2. ^ "CSW.org". issuu.com.
  3. ^ Buccini, Cynthia K. (2014). "An 'Unrelentingly Active Mind': Samuel McCracken was longtime assistant to President John Silber". Bostonia. Boston University. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  4. ^ https://www.bu.edu/bostonia/winter-spring14/an-unrelentingly-active-mind/
  5. ^ Zetter, Kim (May 2, 2007). "PC World Editor Quits Over Apple Story". Wired.
  6. ^ "PC World editor quits during dispute over Apple story". AppleInsider.com. May 3, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Krazit, Tom (May 2, 2007). "PC World editor resigns over apparent ad pressure". CNET.
  8. ^ "Editor quits after PC Mag kills Apple story". MacNN.com. May 3, 2007. Archived from the original on May 6, 2007. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  9. ^ McLeod, Ramon G. (May 9, 2007). "Editor in Chief Harry McCracken Returns to PCW". PC World. Archived from the original on July 2, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2007.
  10. ^ Scrappyland.com.
  11. ^ McCracken, Harry (October 31, 2007). "Apple's Microsoft-Devouring Jungle Cat: How Leopard demolishes Vista". Slate. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  12. ^ "ABM Names Specialty Award Recipients" B2B Magazine, Feb. 2008
  13. ^ "The 2008 FOLIO: 40". Folio. April 4, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  14. ^ HarryMcCracken.com
  15. ^ Legacy.com

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