Jessica Lessin is the founder and editor-in-chief of a new technology news publication launching in the coming months. She is starting the new venture, which will be targeted at professionals, after eight years as an award-winning reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal. The publication’s growing team includes former Wall Street Journal reporter Amir Efrati, former Fortune reporter Katie Benner and Eric Newcomer, who previously reported for the Washington Examiner and the New York Times.
Jessica broke a string of major tech and media stories as The Journal’s beat reporter for Apple, Google and other leading companies. She wrote nearly 1,000 articles for the paper, including a technology column called “The Valley.”
Recently, she has broken stories on Apple’s development of a less expensive iPhone, a smaller iPad, the company’s television strategy and other Silicon Valley deals. She has appeared on CNBC, NPR, CNN and programs including PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show.”
Jessica has also served as deputy bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal’s media bureau and as a reporter in the paper’s New York technology and economics bureaus. She was part of the team of reporters that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for a 2011 series on digital privacy. The team won a 2011 public service award from the Society of Professional Journalists for the same series.
Jessica graduated from Harvard University in 2005 and lives in San Francisco.