MARK ROBINSON, Executive Editor
In more than a decade at WIRED, Robinson has served as a senior editor, articles editor, features editor, and, now, executive editor. He oversees the print magazine, top-editing its features as well as long-form narrative pieces for the web and the digital edition. He has been the editor of some of WIRED’s signature articles of the last decade, from profiles of Edward Snowden, John McAfee, and Kim Dotcom to articles about the new atheism, neurodiversity, memory, and self-driving cars. In 2005 he and writer Jeff Howe were talking about a pitch for a business trend story and coined the word “crowdsourcing.”
It is now in the Oxford dictionary. In conjunction with WIRED’s 20th anniversary in 2013, he edited a collection of the 20 best WIRED stories of all time. Robinson led the front-of-book team that won a National Magazine Award for best section, and two stories he edited have been nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing. Over the years, 11 features assigned by Robinson have been collected in annual anthologies, including the Best American Magazine Writing, Best Technology Writing, Best American Science and Nature Writing, and Best American Science Writing. Two stories he edited have been named the best magazine story of the year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Robinson attended Stanford’s master’s program in communication. He moonlights as a jazz singer, has a passionate devotion to open-water swimming, and lives in San Francisco.
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Jigar Mehta has been passionate about media and entrepreneurship since his days as a California Bear at UC Berkeley. With a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a masters in journalism, Mehta has built a career that focuses on fostering new ideas and reaching new audiences.
Mehta was a founding member of Matter, a start-up accelerator and early stage venture capital firm, that supports media entrepreneurship. Mehta has also worked for the New York Times, where he was a video journalist.
In fact, video storytelling has been a major part of Mehta’s career. His documentary project, 18 Days in Egypt was funded by the Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund.
Most recently, Mehta has served as the Engagement Lead at AJ+. AJ+ is a relatively new media experience fronted by Al Jazeera, that was created in 2013. The goal of the channel, which is housed on multiple platforms including a mobile app, is to present current events in new and exciting ways. Nontraditional methods like animation, infographics, typography, and viral video play a large role in AJ+’s unique collection of new media content. Paired with feature-style profiles, informational videos, and human interest pieces, AJ+ strives to capitalize on the prevalence of online and social media on the global stage. Videos range from less than a minute to 10 minutes and cover a variety of topics.