Shira Ovide joins The Post as Help Desk Strategy Editor

Announcement from Editor-in-Chief Lori Montgomery, Technology Editor Christina Passariello, and Personal Technology Editor Yun-Hee Kim:

We’re thrilled to announce that Shira Ovide will join The Washington Post as Help Desk Strategy Editor, a new role aimed at expanding our groundbreaking work to help people make sense of technology in their lives.

Shira, who joins us from The New York Times, will help launch, write and edit a newsletter in conjunction with The Post’s five-member support team. Shira brings a strong voice to the Help Desk’s mission to hold technology accountable and shape it to meet our needs as consumers, citizens, workers and parents. A dynamo of energy, curiosity and imagination, Shira will also work across departments to help dream up new formats to showcase Help Desk content and personalities in audio, video, live journalism and more. Again.

At The Times, Shira helped launch and writes On Tech With Shira Ovide, a newsletter about how technology is changing our world. For 2.5 years, Shira’s newsletter has been a unique, accessible, useful and user-friendly guide to understanding technology and its influences. She’s written about the opportunities to bring more people online and get the most out of digital life – and why the best tech is often the boring thing. She also shed light on how powerful tech companies are affecting free speech, how they have become as influential as governments, and how they are changing the livelihoods of people who make their living online.

Prior to The Times, Shira was a technology columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, where she was a 2019 finalist for the Gerald Loeb Commentary Award. For nearly a decade prior, Shira was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, covering technology and media and blogging about finance and trading. In that role, she once pointed out the uncanny similarities between an investor pitch for Facebook shares and a familiar email scam.

Raised in Dayton, Ohio, Shira graduated from Haverford College with a degree in political science and earned a graduate degree from Columbia Journalism School. She describes herself as an enthusiastic but terrible cyclist and a novice bird watcher. (She recently spent hours searching — unsuccessfully — to spot a black-billed cuckoo.) As a child, she was an avid reader of Zillions, a consumer interest magazine for children from the publisher of Consumer Reports. – a good start for a future Office Journalist Assistant.

Shira lives in New York, where she looks forward to connecting with New York Posties when she begins on October 3. Please join us in welcoming him to The Post.

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