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Former Wall Street Journal columnist and Re/code editor Kara Swisher to deliver 27th annual Caulfield Lecture

| By Stephanie Weaver
Kara Swisher
Kara Swisher

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of Re/code, author, Internet commentator, and former technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, for the 2015 Muriel and Clarence J. Caulfield Memorial Lecture on Monday, April 20, at 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall.

The event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

Swisher’s column, “BoomTown,” regularly appeared on the front page of the Journal’s Marketplace section and online. As one of the first reporters hired at the Journal to cover the web, Swisher wrote feature articles on technology and covered breaking news about the web’s major players and Internet policy issues. Prior to the Journal, Swisher was a reporter at The Washington Post.

For the past 11 years, she has been co-producing “D: All Things Digital,” a major high-tech conference, with Walt Mossberg. She was the co-executive editor of from 2007 through 2013. In 2014, she began serving as the co-executive editor of Re/code, a website for technology news, reviews, and analysis.

Swisher won a Loeb Award in 2011 for her coverage of Yahoo on She also occasionally writes for Vanity Fair. She is the author of two books: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web, and There Must be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for Digital Future

Swisher’s lecture will explore the ways in which the current focus on technology is no longer about the devices and platforms we use to access the Internet, but rather on the capabilities of the Internet and what we do and can do on it.  

Swisher received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

About the Caulfield Lecture:
Now in its 27th year, the Caulfield Lecture series at Loyola was established by the family of Clarence J. Caulfield, a 1922 alumnus who spent 26 years as an editor at The Baltimore Sun and was a mentor to such prominent writers as J. Anthony Lukas and Russell T. Baker. Hosted by the communication department, the Caulfield Lecture brings journalists and commentators of national stature to Loyola every year. Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist, spoke at last year’s lecture.

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