Bio

What I do: I’m currently the Deputy Editor of The Conversation US and editor of the Environment and Energy desk. See this blog post for more details.

Previously, I was an independent writer and reporter. I was the national correspondent for Xconomy and wrote on energy and technology for MIT Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum, the Boston Globe, the Guardian and others. I’m a multimedia reporter, comfortable shooting photos and editing videos.

My beat: At The Conversation, I’m looking for academics who are interested in writing for a general audience on any topic related to environment, energy, or science. Contact me at martin.lamonica@theconversation.com.

As a freelance writer, I focused on stories at the intersection of science and business. For instance, at Xconomy, my focus was startups in San Francisco and Boston working in the areas of natural resources–energy, food, water–and emerging technologies, including robotics and other engineering-driven fields. At MIT Technology, I authored a blog on energy technology called “Does it Scale.”

My career: I spent ten years as a senior editor at online technology news site CNET, where I was the lead reporter and manager of the Green Tech blog. I’m proud to say Green Tech was a finalist for the best news or political blog in Editors & Publishers Eppy award in 2010. I started to cover energy and environment around 2005 at CNET after reporting on enterprise software, open source, and Web development. I did extensive photography, a weekly “Green Minute” radio spot, and occasional video reports.

Before joining CNET in 2002, I worked at tech publisher IDG in various reporting and editing roles. I began writing about information technology as the first Paris correspondent for the IDG News Service in the early 1990s. During the dotcom boom and bust, I was executive editor at InfoWorld, a weekly publication and Web site covering enterprise technology.

I started my journalism career in Paris where, over five years, I worked for Business Week, ABC News, and local publications.

Click this link for my resume/CV.

Outside work: I live in the Boston area with my wife and child. For eight years, I coached town soccer and other youth sports and I play basketball regularly myself. For three years, I was on the board of the Lexington Montessori School where I was a founding member of the sustainability committee.