David Streitfeld

David Streitfeld is an American journalist. During his tenure as book reporter at The Washington Post, he definitively identified Joe Klein as the "Anonymous" author of the 1996 novel Primary Colors, [1] upon which Klein admitted authorship, despite earlier denials.[2]

Streitfeld was book reporter at The Washington Post from 1987 until 1998, after which he switched beats and covered Silicon Valley and technology for the Post out of San Francisco.[3]

In 2001, Streitfeld joined the Los Angeles Times as a technology reporter, later switching to covering Enron, housing, and general economics. In July 2006, the Atlantic magazine named him "The Bard of the Bubble" for his LA Times real estate coverage.[4]

In 2007, Streitfeld joined The New York Times as Chicago business reporter; he later switched to technology reporting out of San Francisco.

He won a 2012 "Best in Business" award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for his The New York Times stories on fake online reviews. Judges cited "a really nice job detailing this new review economy and how these reviews are replacing traditional advertising."[5]

Streitfeld was one of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series of 10 articles on the business practices of Apple and other technology companies.[6][7]

In May 2014, Streitfeld broke the story of Amazon.com's negotiating tactics with publishing house Hachette,[8] which he continued to cover for multiple months.[9] The reporting on the topic by The New York Times and Streitfeld was the subject of a piece by The New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan in October 2014.[10]

In January 2015, Melville House published Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Last Interview, a collection edited by Streitfeld. The introduction details his friendship with Marquez and the circumstances of their talks on two continents.[11]

In August 2015, Streitfeld and New York Times colleague Jodi Kantor co-authored Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace.[12] The 6000-word story generated more than 6600 comments, the largest number of comments on a story in The New York Times history. Even the Times story reporting this fact drew over 200 comments.[13]

In December 2015, Melville House published Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview, edited by Streitfeld.[14] In Maureen Corrigan's favorable review on NPR's Fresh Air of three recent volumes in the Last Interview series, she cited Streitfeld's "terrific introduction" to the interviews in Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview.[15]

Streitfeld's longtime friendship with science fiction author Elizabeth Hand inspired her Nebula Award-winning short story Echo.[16]

Personal life

Streitfeld is married and has an eight year old daughter. He lives in San Francisco, California. As a tech reporter, Streitfeld is reported to not use much technology outside of his job.[17]


  1. ^ Alicia Shepard. "A "book nut" turned sleuth. (searching for the author of 'Primary Colors')," American Journalism Review, September 1996. (Archived at HighBeam; subscription required)
  2. ^ David Corn. "The Liars Club," Archived 2008-05-17 at the Wayback Machine Salon.com, July 18, 1996. Retrieved on 2008-05-04.
  3. ^ Craig Offman. "Washington Post book reporter defects," Salon.com, August 4, 1999. Retrieved on 2008-05-04.
  4. ^ William Powers. "The Bard of the Bubble," the Atlantic, July 25, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-05-04.
  5. ^ "2012 Best in Business competition winners". SABEW. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  6. ^ "The 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners - Explanatory Reporting". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  7. ^ "2013 Journalism Pulitzer Winners". The New York Times. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  8. ^ Kristen Hare, David Streitfeld on Amazon: 'They don’t care if they’re liked', Poynter.org, June 5, 2014. Retrieved on 8 February 2015.
  9. ^ David Streitfeld, Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute, The New York Times, 13 November 2014. Retrieved on 8 February 2015.
  10. ^ Margaret Sullivan, Publishing Battle Should Be Covered, Not Joined, The New York Times, 4 October 2014. Retrieved on 8 February 2015.
  11. ^ Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Last Interview, Melville House website. Retrieved on 8 February 2015.
  12. ^ Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace, The New York Times, 16 August 2015. Retrieved on 19 January 2016.
  13. ^ A Deluge of Comments from Readers with an Opinion About Amazon, The New York Times, 18 August 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  14. ^ Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview, Melville House website. Retrieved on 19 January 2016.
  15. ^ Revisiting The 'Last Interview' Of Ernest Hemingway, Philip K. Dick And Nora Ephron, NPR.org, 11 January 2016. Retrieved on 19 January 2016.
  16. ^ Elizabeth Hand's short story "Echo," earns her second Nebula Award!, M Press Books News, May 2007.
  17. ^ "When a Tech Reporter Doesn't Use Much Tech". July 18, 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.

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