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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols Resume

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

I’m a top business/technology writer/editor seeking a senior-level position with a technology or business publication. I’m a well-known author with 10,000+ articles and a half-dozen books to my credit. I’ve been on the launch team for several Ziff Davis and CMP publications. I’ve frequently spoken and keynoted at technology trade shows and conferences. My combined writing, editing, and speaking talents offer a major advantage to any publication.


Freelance Writer–1989-present

I am a successful freelance writer specializing in business and technology.

As a freelancer, I’ve served as a contributing editor for NetGuide, Computer Shopper, EnterprisePlanet, ZDNet, Interchange, Object Magazine, NewsForge, Personal Workstation, PrintMedia, Internet World, and Windows User. I’ve also been a columnist for Computer Shopper, I-Way, Interchange, Linux Magazine, Mobility, SD Times, WebWeek, and ZeroDownTim. I have also written numerous for PC Magazine, PC/Computing, InternetWeek, Smart Business, IEEE Computer, The Washington Post, and dozens of other publications. I also helped launch Sm@rt Partner, Inter@ctive Week, Interchange, and WebWeek/Internet World.

Over the years, I’ve written and edited columns, news, general features, technology features, stand-alone and category reviews. I’ve also written several books including Inside the World Wide Web, which has gone through two editions, and the best selling Intranets, which was translated into German and Greek editions.

In addition, I’ve written technical white papers for IBM, Intel, Motorola, and other smaller companies. Concurrently, I supervised the work of up to seven freelance writers and staffers on writing and editing projects, from PC Magazine features to white papers, to manuals for everything from e-mail programs to children’s games.

Away from the keyboard, I often appeared as a keynote speaker, panel leader, and speaker at Comdex, LinuxWorld, NetWorld+Interop, Seybold, OSCon, LinuxCon, and many other shows. Finally, I do expert witness work on technology-related issues.

Contributing Editor: 2010–present

For ZDNet, I write news, reviews, feature, and opinion coverage on a variety of topics. These include operating systems, particularly Linux; open-source software; networking; security; and technology-related legal issues.

Columnist: 2010–present

At ComputerWorld, I analyze major business and technology trends and news. In particular, I cover Microsoft-related issues, but I also look at a variety of other subjects.

Editor at Large: 2007–2008
Ziff Davis Enterprise

As editor at large, I wrote analysis and opinion pieces on any subject covered by the Ziff Davis Enterprise family of publications. I also continued to write the majority of content and manage Ziff’s core Linux news site: Linux-Watch and wrote the lead stories and manage DesktopLinux. In addition, I write features, news, technical feature and op/ed pieces across the Ziff Davis Enterprise publication line.

Editor: 2005–2007
Ziff Davis Internet

As an editor, I write the majority of content and manage Ziff’s core Linux news site: Linux-Watch, write the lead stories and manage DesktopLinux, and help set overall editorial direction of, LinuxDevices, and Windows For Devices. In addition, I write features, news, technical feature and op/ed pieces across the Ziff Davis publication line. In the past year, The two sites which are my primary responsibility, Linux-Watch and DesktopLinux, saw year-to-year growth of over 50% in hits and unique readers.

Senior Editor: 2004–2005

As Senior Editor, I managed both the eWEEK Linux and Channel Insider and help set overall editorial direction of In addition, I wrote features, news, technical feature and op/ed pieces across the Ziff Davis publication line.

Linux & Open Source Site Editor: 2003-2004

As the Linux and open source site editor, I wrote twice-a-week columns, news and features on these topics. I also assigned, ediedt and managed freelancers, spoke at seminars, and run the eWeek Linux online discussion areas. During my tenure, I’ve increased section readership by over 500%.

Channel Watch Editor: 2004
Channel Watch

As editor of this reseller/integrator news Web site, I wrote stories and columns and edited the work of half-a-dozen freelancers.

Editor: 2002-present
Practical Technology

Practical Technology is my personal technology and business news site. Here, I cover issues that interest me but don’t appear in my usual publications. Recently, that means I have been covering consumer entertainment technology.

Editor at Large: September 1997 – June 2001
Sm@rt Partner/Ziff Davis

I oversaw this value-added reseller/system integrator magazine’s technology sections and its staff of four editors. I also wrote a very popular weekly column, Cyber Cynic, about how technology and business all too often fail to deliver on their promises and what you can do about it. Additionally, I wrote technology and business news and features.

Internet Press Guild – Founding Chairman


Doctoral work at West Virginia University in American and European diplomatic history, history of imperialism, and English Renaissance drama

MA in history (West Virginia University) – Magna cum laude in history specializing in European diplomatic history.

BA in English and history (Glenville State College) – cum laude, dual majors in English and history with a minor in political science.


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