Wendy M. Grossman

Wendy M. Grossman (born January 26, 1954) is a journalist, blogger, and folksinger. Her writing has been published in several newspapers, magazines, and specialized publications. She is the recipient of the 2013 Enigma Award for information security reporting.

Wendy M. Grossman
Born1954 (age 67–68)
New York City
Alma materCornell University
Notable works
Notable awards
  • In 2013, Grossman was the winner of the Enigma Award.


Grossman was born in New York City. She graduated from Cornell University in 1975.[1]


Writer and editorEdit

Front cover of Net.wars by Wendy M. Grossman

In 1987, she founded the magazine The Skeptic in the United Kingdom and edited it for two years, resuming the editorship from 1999 to 2001. As founder and editor, she has appeared on numerous UK TV and radio programmes. Her credits since 1990 include work for Scientific American, The Guardian, and the Daily Telegraph, as well as New Scientist, Wired and Wired News, and The Inquirer for which she wrote a regular weekly net.wars column. That column continues in NewsWireless and on her own site every Friday. She was a columnist for Internet Today from July 1996 until it closed in April 1997, and together with Dominic Young ran the Fleet Street Forum on CompuServe UK in the mid-1990s.[2]

She edited an anthology of interviews with leading computer industry figures taken from the pages of the British computer magazine Personal Computer World. Entitled Remembering the Future, it was published in January 1997 by Springer Verlag.[3] Her 1998 book net.wars was one of the first to have its full text published on the Web.[4] She was a member of an external board that advised Edinburgh University on the creation of the Intellectual Property and Law Centre.[5]

She sits on the executive committee of the Association of British Science Writers and the Advisory Councils of the Open Rights Group and Privacy International.[6][7]

Greenwich Skeptics in the Pub, 10 September 2015. Title: 'The Growth of Skepticism: The UK Experience'. Featuring leading UK skeptics Richard Wiseman, Michael Marshall, Deborah Hyde, Wendy Grossman, Chris French, Mike Heap, Mike Hutchinson and Ian Ridpath. The event was part of the European Skeptics Congress 2015.

In February 2011 Grossman was elected as a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.[8]


She was a full-time folksinger from 1975 to 1983 and her folk album Roseville Fair was released in 1980. She also played on Archie Fisher's 1976 LP The Man With a Rhyme.[9]

She was president of the Cornell Folk Song Club, the oldest university-affiliated, student-run folk song club in the US, from 1973 to 1975.[10]

TV appearancesEdit

In 2005, Grossman featured on an episode of the BBC Three comedy spoof series High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman.[11][12]


In 2013, Grossman was the winner of the Enigma Award, part of the BT Information Security Journalism Awards, "for her dedication and outstanding contribution to information security journalism, recognising her extensive writing on the subject for several publications over a number of years".[13]


  • Remembering the Future: Interviews from Personal Computer World (1996)[14]
  • Net.wars (1998)[15]
  • From Anarchy to Power: The Net Comes of Age (2001)[16]
  • The Daily Telegraph A–Z Guide to the Internet (2001)[17]
  • The Daily Telegraph Small Business Guide to Computer Networking (2003)[18]
  • Why Statues Weep: The Best of the "Skeptic" (2010) – with Chris French[19][20][21]


  1. ^ Wolinsky, David. "Wendy Grossman". Don't Die. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Editorial Board". The Skeptic. September 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Remembering the future : interviews from personal computer world / Wendy Grossman, ed". Trove. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  4. ^ Grossman, Wendy. "net.wars". NYU Press. Archived from the original on 2006-06-15. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  5. ^ Grossman, Wendy. "Wendy M. Grossman: who?". Pelican Crossing. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Our Executive Board and Honorary President". ABSW. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Wendy Grossman". ORG Open Rights Group. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  8. ^ "CSI announces new Fellows". Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  9. ^ "Archie Fisher – The Man With A Rhyme". Discogs. 9 October 2019.
  10. ^ Grossman, Wendy. "Chronicle writer, local folk legend Bill Steele '54 dies at 86". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  11. ^ "A psychic named Shirley". LiveJournal. December 14, 2004. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  12. ^ French, Chris (April 20, 2005). "Shirley Ghostman and Me". The Skeptic. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  13. ^ "Wendy M Grossman". Raconteur. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  14. ^ Grossman, Wendy (1997). Remembering the future : interviews from personal computer world. London: Springer. ISBN 3540760954.
  15. ^ Grossman, Wendy (1997). Net.wars. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 978-0814731031.
  16. ^ Grossman, Wendy (2001). From anarchy to power : the net comes of age. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 0814731414.
  17. ^ Grossman, Wendy (2001). The Daily Telegraph A–Z guide to the Internet. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0333905571.
  18. ^ Grossman, Wendy (2003). The Daily Telegraph small business guide to computer networking : what you need to know about using technology to improve your business. London: Macmillan. ISBN 1405021039.
  19. ^ "Wendy M. Grossman". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  20. ^ "inauthor:"Wendy Grossman"". Google Books. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  21. ^ Grossman, Wendy M. (2017). Why statues weep : the best of The skeptic (1st ed.). London. ISBN 978-1138161573.

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