Kevin Maney is USA Today's technology columnist and senior technology reporter. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson Sr. and the Making of IBM, published in 2003 by John Wiley & Sons. As The Economist wrote in its review: "Unlikely as it seems, the story is a genuine page-turner." Fortune magazine made it one of four suggested books to read in the summer of 2003. BusinessWeek named Maverick one of the 10 best books of 2003. Maney also wrote the 1995 BusinessWeek bestseller Megamedia Shakeout . Maney is often on television and radio, and appeared regularly on the PBS show "This Week In Business" during its two-year run.
Maney began his career by working for six months as a technical writer for General Electric until he got his first job offer in journalism. He then joined the Evening Press in Binghamton , NY , as a business writer. From there, Maney joined the Gannett-owned Westchester Rockland Newspapers in White Plains, NY, as a business and technology writer.
Maney went to USA Today in 1985 as a technology writer. In his career at USA Today, he has been an editor of various stripes and, from 1989 to 1992, covered the economic changes in the old East Bloc. Since 1993, Maney has concentrated on technology coverage. He began writing a weekly business column in 1991, and focused it on technology beginning in 1994.
He has been named one of the 25 most influential technology journalists by Marketing Computers magazine the past five years. Maney has a B.A. in English and Journalism from Rutgers University. He grew up in Binghamton, N.Y., and now lives in Clifton, Va.