Rob Pegoraro tries to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other things that beep or blink through reporting, reviewing and analysis - from 1999 to 2011 as the Washington Post's tech columnist, and now for a variety of online and print outlets.
Rob previously authored the Fast Forward column--a weekly look at computers, the Internet, consumer electronics, cell phones and other things that beep--and the Help File Q&A feature for The Washington Post's Sunday Business section. He also wrote a weekly e-mail newsletter and hosted online chats for the Post's Washingtonpost.com Web site. Rob was with the Post for a little over 13 years, in which time he sorted mail and answered phones, wrote for many other sections (his byline has shown up in National, Metro, Style, Sports, Health, Food, Home, Weekend, Real Estate, Sunday Arts, Travel, Book World and the Magazine) and made it on the front page three times.
Rob's work also has put him on the radio (for example, WTOP, WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show, WBUR's On Point and various BBC World Service news programs), TV (WTTG's morning and evening news programs, ABC News Now's Ahead of the Curve and MSNBC's Countdown - Keith Olbermann grilled him about the lost iPhone 4 prototype in his sole prime-time appearance) and podcasts (the Motley Fool's Motley Fool Radio). Rob's also been behind podiums fairly regularly, having spoken at events hosted by such groups as South By Southwest Interactive, the Consumer Electronics Association, Free Press, the New America Foundation and the Future of Music Coalition. Since leaving the Post, Rob has worked as a freelance contributor, including writing for Discovery News, the Consumer Electronics Association, USA Today and other clients.
- State of the Net Conference 2006 February 8, 2006
- State of the Net Conference 2007 January 31, 2007
Biography last updated October 10, 2012