Journalist Walt Mossberg donates media tech collection to Newseum

Walt Mossberg (Courtesy The Verge)

Long-time technology journalist Walt Mossberg hung up his headphones in June 2017. From 1991 to 2013, Mossberg was the principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and is regarded as a pioneer in the coverage of personal computing technology. Later, he became executive editor of The Verge, and editor-at-large of Recode.

Over the years he has amassed a collection of techno gadgets, gizmos and whirligigs that help tell the story of nearly three decades of rapid change in the technology and media industry. Now, Mossberg is donating his collection, which includes original first versions of the Amazon Kindle, Apple iPhone and Radio Shack TRS-80, to the Newseum. His devices – which in museum-land are lovingly referred to as “artifacts” – will become an official part of the Newseum’s collection of more than 60,000 journalism-related items.

“I have always approached the tech revolution as a journalist, not an insider,” Mossberg said when asked why he’d chosen the Newseum for his collection. “Many of these items were the tools of modern journalism, and of other forms of free expression. So the nation’s preeminent museum of journalism and the First Amendment seemed the perfect home for them.”

In one of his final columns on The Verge, Mossberg took his readers “Inside Walt Mossberg’s Gadget Museum.”

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