From Phnom Penh Editor to Silicon Valley Reporter

Michael Coren starts at Quartz March 21.

At the top of Michael Coren’s LinkedIn page, at press time, it says playfully: ‘Working on something new.’ Indeed; FishbowlNY is here to confirm that the something new is Quartz.

Per a memo today from Quartz editor in chief and co-founder Kevin Delaney, Coren will start March 21 as a technology reporter for the site, based in San Francisco. He is the fourth full-time member of that regional bureau team:

Michael will focus on the people and business landscape of Silicon Valley companies large and small—including startups and venture capital — working alongside Alice Truong to expand our coverage of this important area.

Michael most recently was founder of a software startup called Publet, which he has left to return to his deep journalism roots. Michael earlier was managing editor of the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia,’s science producer, as well as a science, tech and environment reporter at the Palm Beach Post and San Jose Mercury News. Michael also freelanced for dedicated stretches in Asia and San Francisco for Fast Company, Foreign Policy, The Economist and other news organizations. And he has worked as a consultant to the World Bank and other organizations on the economics of forests and carbon markets.

Michael has a bachelor’s from Emory University in journalism and environmental science and a master’s in environmental economics from the Yale School of Forestry. He speaks Spanish.

Please join me in welcoming Michael.

Granted, the ME position with the Phnom Penh Post ended more than a decade ago. But we love these sorts of career trajectories, more common now not just across journalism but many other fields as well. Hence, our headline.

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