PERSONAL: Male. Education: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, graduated 1975.
ADDRESSES: Agent—c/o Author Mail, HarperCollins, 10 East 53rd St., 7th Fl., New York, NY 10022.
CAREER: Journalist. Bingham Press, Bingham, NY, reporter, 1975; New York Times, New York, NYforeign correspondent, editor, technology reporter and senior writer, 1979—.
AWARDS, HONORS: Nominated twice for Pulitzer Prize for journalism.
Go To: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players,Engineers, Chess Wizards, Scientists, and Iconclasts—The Programmers Who Created the Software Revolution, Basic Books (New York, NY), 2001.
(With Joel Brinkley) U.S. v. Microsoft, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 2001.
SIDELIGHTS: Steve Lohr is a writer and editor for the New York Times. In his first book, Go To: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Scientists, and Iconclasts—The Programmers Who Created the Software Revolution, he chronicles the development and rise of programmers in the still-developing world of computers. Mary Bellis in About.com described the book as "A fascinating look into the tale of those men and women hired as software programmers before the job requirements were known." Bellis noted, "Even the reader who has no understanding of computers will be left in awe of the men and women who have changed the way we live by enabling the digital revolution. . . . that made the new economy possible." A critic for Kirkus Reviews called the book "a clear and colorful look at people and programs that have shaped the computer era." Rachel Singer Gordon of Library Journal, while not as impressed with Lohr's work, did state "one appeal of Go To lies in its coverage of unsung but pivotal programmers." Mark Williams in Red Herring stated, "Mr. Lohr has written a comprehensive account of the development of the coder's art. It's a solid, informative read."
Lohr's second book, written with Joel Brinkley, covers the antitrust suit filed by the U.S. government against software giant Microsoft. Reviewing U.S. v. Microsoft for Booklist, Brad Hooper stated, "Two New York Times reporters consolidated their impressive two-year coverage of the antitrust case . . . offering penetrating analysis and insightful commentary." A number of reviewers pointed out the premature release of the book due to the lengthy appeals process during which the judge's decision could be overturned. That caveat aside, most reviewers were still impressed with the coverage. David Rouse of Booklist wrote, "Because of their evenhanded coverage, the reporters had the confidence of principles on both sides." Rouse believed the book provides "penetrating analysis and insightful comment. . . . Brinkley and Lohr provide the starting point for anyone hoping to consider the future of Microsoft and its role in many of our lives."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, November 1, 2001, Gilbert Taylor, review of Go To: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Scientists, and Iconclasts—The Programmers Who Created the Software Revolution, p. 454; September 1, 2000, David Rouse, review of U.S. v. Microsoft, p.2; November 1, 2000, Brad Hooper, review of U.S. v. Microsoft, p. 504
Business Week, October 9, 2000, "Microsoft Wars," p. 30E4.
Corporate Counsel, October, 2000, Anthony Paonita, review of U.S. v. Microsoft, p. 94.
Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2001, review of Go To, p. 1469.
Library Journal, November 1, 2001, Rachel Singer Gordon, review of Go To, p. 125.
New York Times, November 4, 2001, Ellen Ullman, "Geeks Win," p. 18.
Publishers Weekly, August 21, 2000, review of U.S. v.Microsoft, p. 65; October 15, 2001, review of Go To, p. 58.
Red Herring, October 15, 2001, Mark Williams, "A History of the Coder's Art," p. 41.
Columbia Journalism Review Online, http://www.jrn. columbia.edu/ (July 1, 2002).
DevX,http://www.devx.com (July 1, 2002), Lori Piquet, "Vignette-Style Feature Writing Enlivens Software's History,"