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Jon Fortt

CNBC On-Air Editor

Jon Fortt is an on-air editor based at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. and a member of the ensemble cast of CNBC's "Squawk Alley."

Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC's Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry. He also contributes to CNBC.com.

He came to CNBC from Fortune magazine, where as a senior writer he covered both large technology companies— such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft—and trends, including cloud computing and the smartphone revolution. He appeared regularly on KNTV's "Press:Here" technology show and analyzed tech trends on CNNi's "Quest Means Business." Along with a Fortune colleague, he conceptualized "Techmate," a video series and column that appeared on Fortune.com and in the magazine's technology section.

Before joining Fortune in 2007, Fortt was a senior editor at Business 2.0 magazine where he produced the "What Works" section.

From 1999 to 2006, Fortt wrote and edited at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's hometown newspaper. There he contributed to several efforts that won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

As a personal technology writer, his coverage duties included Apple, Palm and Adobe. He also served in roles outside the business department, covering education, editing local news and developing technology strategy. As the newspaper's senior Web editor, he helped develop a blog and podcast network, managed the creation of multimedia projects and served on the board of the Associated Press Managing Editors.

Fortt graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow, with a B.A. in English.


Follow Jon Fortt on Twitter @jonfortt.

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  • Three Reasons Why the iPod Still Matters
    By: Jon Fortt
    Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 2:15 PM ET

    This morning I got an interesting reply tweet from a friend: “Can you imagine someone saying in ’07, “In 3 years nobody will care about iPod sales.” And I realized that in some important ways, he has a point. Three years ago, when the iPhone was young, all eyes were on the iPod and the Mac. But here I’d like to make the case that investors should still care quite a bit about iPod sales.

  • Will Microsoft’s Kinect Success Boost the Stock?
    By: Jon Fortt
    Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 2:49 PM ET
    Microsoft Kinect

    I don’t want to be a party pooper, but there aren’t a lot of reasons to think Microsoft stock should react to Kinect at this point. Look at the numbers: Microsoft does about $66 billion in annual revenue, $21 billion in net income.

  • Android Soars: But Not Above Apple's Mobile Revenues
    By: Jon Fortt
    Thursday, 9 Dec 2010 | 2:32 PM ET
    Google Android

    It came in a simple 9-word tweet from Google’s Android chief, Andy Rubin: “There are now 300,000 Android phones activated each day.”

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