David Plotnikoff

P.O. Box 18746
Stanford, CA 94309
plotnikoff@emeraldlake.com

2003-2004 Enterprise Writer, San Jose Mercury News
Wrote magazine-length features on technology, California culture and urban design.

2001-2003 Asst. Business Editor / Silicon Valley Team Leader,
San Jose Mercury News

Supervised team of five business and technology writers. Responsible for daily coverage, enterprise reporting and projects. Edited major projects on Silicon Valley mergers, chip technology and Internet culture. Authored major poll project on the Internet's impact on families and children. Directed beat coverage of semiconductors, retailing, tourism, small business, minority business, philanthropy and telecom services.

1994-2002 Digital Culture Columnist and Reporter,
San Jose Mercury News

Conceived and implemented one of the first cyberspace beats for any major daily. Wrote weekly Internet column which appeared in more than 80 markets. Wrote breaking news, cultural criticism, profiles, guides and features. Covered Internet demographics, community, infrastructure, regulation, Web development and e-commerce. Authored Internet guides for newsrooms, parents, libraries and schools.

Nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize (1997, distinguished criticism; 1999, explanatory reporting; 2000, distinguished criticism; 2001, beat reporting and national reporting).

1990-1994 Features Writer, San Jose Mercury News
Wrote general-assignment features for the lifestyle, entertainment, arts, garden, home, food, travel, books, sports, business and computing sections, and the Sunday magazine.

1987-1994 Pop Music Columnist, San Jose Mercury News
Wrote weekly pop music column. Reviewed concerts, recordings, clubs, art exhibits and books. Wrote analysis, profiles and scene pieces on every facet of the country, rock, pop and jazz industries, from local clubs to Nashville, Las Vegas and the Grammy awards.

1986-1990 Arts and Entertainment Calendar Editor, San Jose Mercury News
Edited arts calendars, compiled entertainment charts, wrote arts and entertainment features. Wrote and designed weekly package of short entertainment advances. Designed and edited daily trends feature.

1985-1986 Assistant Editor, feed/back, the California Journalism Review
Assigned and edited features and news. Wrote features. Assigned photos and art.

1984-1985 Correspondent, San Francisco Examiner
Wrote feature stories on architecture, sports, national politics, science and medicine.

1984 Intern, San Francisco Examiner
Covered the 1984 Democratic National Convention and the 1984 general election.

EDUCATION

1982-1985 San Francisco State University
Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism, Fall 1985. Reporter, arts editor and columnist for the weekly Golden Gater.

1980-1982 Cañada College, Redwood City, Calif.
Associate of Arts degree in journalism, with honors, Spring 1982. Managing editor and advertising manager for the Weathervane.

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