John Markoff joined The New York Times in March 1988 as a reporter for the business section. He writes about computers and technology issues and is based in San Francisco as a senior writer. Prior to that, he worked for The San Francisco Examiner from 1985 to 1988. Markoff has written about technology since 1977 — for The Pacific News Service, Infoworld, Byte Magazine and The San Jose Mercury. He has also been a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism. He is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Stanford University Journalism Department where he teaches a course on reporting on Silicon Valley. He has been a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 1987, 1995, 1998 and 2000, and nonetheless has actually received several other awards including the Loeb Award and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Breaking News awards. Markoff grew up in Palo Alto, was educated at Whitman in Walla Walla, and took his graduate degree from U of Oregon.
His books include: The High Cost of High Tech (1985); Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier (1991); Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of America's Most Wanted Computer Outlaw; and What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture shaped the Personal Computer Industry (2005). He is married to Leslie Terzian Markoff and they live in San Francisco.