Recode and Jared Cohen have announced the death of Chief Tech Reporter Jared Cohen.
The tech industry’s biggest tech news source has died, according to Recode chief tech editor Eric Brown.
Cohen, 77, had been the editor of Recode since 2012.
He was best known for his work on the web platform Reddit and his time covering tech and technology trends in general.
“He made us a stronger, more agile company, and he was the consummate professional, a terrific writer, and an outstanding friend,” Brown wrote in a statement.
“We’re very sad to learn of his passing.
I hope his family and friends find the strength to heal and move forward.
We’ll be here for them.”
Cohen was a veteran tech reporter who covered tech for more than 20 years, according the statement.
He had written for the New York Times, Newsweek, Wired, the Wall Street Journal, and The Wall Street Review.
In 2015, he was named one of the 10 best tech journalists in America by The Wall St. Journal.
“I am greatly saddened to hear of Jared’s passing,” said Reddit CEO Steve Huffman.
“My deepest sympathies go out to Jared’s family and loved ones.
Jared was a truly talented and generous human being and an incredibly talented tech journalist.
I know that the community and the community at large have lost someone as talented as Jared.
Jared will be sorely missed.”
A statement from Huffman read: “We have lost a true and extraordinary colleague and friend.
He brought an incredibly generous sense of humor to our company, an incredible passion for technology and an amazing ability to understand the challenges of making the world a better place.
He will be deeply missed.”
He was preceded in death by wife Mary Ann, son Robert, and daughter Tanya.
Brown, who also covered tech, has worked with Huffman at Recode for 20 years.
“His enthusiasm and intelligence were infectious,” Brown said.
“As one of Recodes’ founding reporters, Jared had an extraordinary sense of storytelling and a unique ability to connect with a wide audience.
I have no words for how much I love Jared and how much he meant to me.
He made me what I am today.”
He graduated from Cornell University in 1959 and then went to work for Time Inc. in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and culture.
Brown left in 2014 and founded Recode as a senior tech reporter in 2015.
Recode was purchased by Vox Media in 2017.
Recodes tech news staff, which includes editor and technology reporter Dan Lyons, were laid off in February.
The company’s digital arm, TechCrunch, was also purchased by Reddit in 2016.
Recoded has more than 10 million unique monthly unique visitors and has a loyal audience of more than 150 million users.
In an interview with Recode in February, Huffman said he was saddened to learn about Cohen’s death.
“There is nothing I can say that can make up for the loss of one of our very best reporters, and I’m deeply saddened by the news,” he said.
Recoding will hold a memorial service for Cohen on March 13 at 9 p.m.
He leaves behind his wife, Mary Ann; son, Robert; and daughter, Tanya, who he married in 1977.
Recoders first president and CEO, Chris Hughes, said in a tweet that Huffman and his team are “in mourning” over the loss.
Huffman also posted a tribute to Cohen on Twitter: “I’m saddened to have lost my dear friend and colleague, @jaredcohen.
A true genius.
A tremendous friend, and a man with a vision for what we can achieve together.
We’re so sorry.”
Recode, a digital news and culture news website, was launched in 1992.
Its parent company Vox Media bought the company in 2017 for $970 million.
Recomposed of two other tech startups, Recode is a subscription-based business and its core business is news.