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Larry Magid

A syndicated technology columnist for nearly two decades, Larry Magid's columns have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CNN.COM, AOL and numerous other newspapers and websites throughout the world. Magid also writes a Family Technology column for the San Jose Mercury News and serves as on air Technology Analyst for CBS News. His technology reports can be heard several times a week on CBS Network and CBS affiliates throughout the United States.

In addition to his work for CBS network, Larry's technology commentaries can be heard daily on both KNX (CBS Los Angeles) and KCBS in San Francisco.

He is a regular pundit on TechTV's Silicon Spin program and is a commentator for Public Radio International's Sound Money program. In the United Kingdom he can be heard on CapitalFM's "Breakfast Club," -- London's most popular morning drive time radio show . Larry has made repeat appearances on The Larry King Show, CBS This Morning, NPR's Talk of the Nation Science Friday, NPR's All Things Considered and many other programs.

He has written for Fortune, ForbesASAP, Family Circle, PC World, PC Magazine, Upside, Information Week, Modern Maturity, ComputerWorld, Washington Post and numerous other publications.

He is the author of several books including The Little PC Book (now in its 4th edition), a critically acclaimed best seller, The Little Quicken Book, Cruising Online: Larry Magid's Guide to the New Digital Highways (Random House, 1994), The Fully Powered PC (Simon and Schuster, 1984) and "Electronic Link: Using the IBM PC to Communicate" (John Wiley and Sons, 1983). He is also the host of three popular web sites:, and

Larry served as editor during the early days at PC magazine and was co-founder of Know How, one of the nation's first computer training companies. He has served as a commentator for CNN's Computer Connection and as on air analyst and Managing Editor of The Computer Show, a syndicated television program.

Larry is on the board of directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and is the recipient of that organization's "Ten Year Anniversary Award" for his work in developing a system for finding missing children via online services. Time magazine (November 1, 1993) called Magid and his colleagues "high tech heroes" for that work. Magid's web sites, SafeKids.Com and SafeTeens.Com were selected as Laureates in the prestigious 1999 Computerworld/Smithonian award.

Magid is the author of Child Safety on the Information Highway and Teen Safety on the Information Highway, free booklets from National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that have helped millions of families understand how to safely navigate cyberspace. He is also author of the safety guide on the GetNetWise.Org child safety web site.

In an earlier life he was editor/publisher of EdCentric, a leading international journal of educational reform and served as director of the National Student Association's Center for Educational Reform.

Larry doesn't play a doctor on TV but he does have a doctorate of education from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor's degree from University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts and the Boston University School of Communications.


Biography last updated May 23, 2002