A Short Bio
Mark Halper is a UK-based freelance journalist who writes about everything from media moguls to subatomic particles. He currently focuses on energy and the environment, blogging for the CBS SmartPlanet
website, and for The Weinberg Foundation
, a London-based non-profit group geared toward alternative nuclear power. He contributes to The Guardian
and has written extensively for TIME Magazine
. Mark keeps a keen eye on manufacturing innovations and on the endless battle between telecom, media and technology companies. He has written about antimatter, cloning, pistachios, fish, landmines, surfing, medicine, patents, venture capital, you name it - always with a flair for spotting maverick individuals and disruptive forces. He also written for Fortune, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Independent on Sunday, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and many others, filing from London, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Helsinki, Berlin, Cairo, Cannes and elsewhere. He is the author of Emerging Nuclear Innovations
, a 64-page post-Fukushima report. Mark runs lively debates and interviews at industry conferences. An American living in England, Mark is writing a book about the wonderful paradoxes of Britain. He is available for stories, conferences and speaking
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A Bit More
Early in his career Mark Halper covered cops and robbers in New York City, when he occasionally struggled to tell the two apart. It was a particularly scandal-ridden time in NY in the late 1980s: rouge policemen sold confiscated drugs; imprisoned mob bosses moved to Connecticut for a fair trial; a city leader fatally plunged a kitchen knife into his own chest under the strain of racketeering allegations. This all taught the young reporter a valuable journalism lesson: whether it’s crime, politics, business, life, society or the world at large, lines blur and new forces for better or worse come along to rattle the status quo.
It is with that eye that Halper has subsequently tracked everything from media moguls to arguably more powerful subatomic particles. Mark has always focused on people with genuinely disruptive ideas and on the collision of dominant forces. His articles pivot on these clashes and upheavals. He was among the first to spot the intrusion of telecom, media, and technology companies onto each other’s turf as they battle for control of consumer eyeballs and digital business. From the late 1990s through much of the last decade, his stories for TIME, Fortune, the Financial Times, the Independent on Sunday, the New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and others* predicted the Internet’s schizophrenic effect on media and on the traditional phone business and the mobile industry.
Now, as renewable energy challenges fossil fuels, Mark’s stories in TIME and the Independent on Sunday note the same potential value chain shake up - strong incumbents face threats from upstarts and new technology, amid an uncertain regulatory environment. Meanwhile, as freelance executive editor of Manufacturing Executive trade magazine - which he helped to launch in 2008 - Halper’s stories have identified the innovative processes and technologies that are helping manufacturers spin out of recession.
Along the way Mark has wandered onto subjects as diverse as pistachios, surfing, cricket, landmines, cloning, water, lasers, traffic, medicine, health – you name it. His annual contributions to TIME’s write-ups of World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers keeps him in touch with some of the top scientists tackling the world’s pressing problems.
Mark has interviewed or questioned face-to-face a long list of movers and shakers. To drop a few names: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Robert Redford, Miss Universe, Rupert Murdoch, Time Warner chairman Richard Parsons, CBS CEO Lesley Moonves, Black Eyed Peas front man Will I. Am, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Blackberry boss Mike Lazaridis, Skype inventor Niklas Zennstrom, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, ESPN and ABC sports president George Bodenheimer, Big Brother promulgator Peter Bazalgette, a bevy of CEOs from companies including Nokia, Canon, Siemens, Motorola, Vodafone, Orange, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and many others.
Whether it’s Miss Universe or Rupert Murdoch, positrons or pistachios, lasers or landmines, surfing waves or surfing the web, mobiles or medicine, whisky or water, cricket or cars, Mark is equally at ease interviewing and writing incisive, engaging accounts. Mark is a history graduate of Cornell University. He is available for stories and conferences, and for speaking about industry/technology changes, life, liberty, the pursuit of a good story, and the paradoxes of Britain.
*Mark’s stories have appeared in dozens of publications. Some of them-
The Independent on Sunday
The New York Times
San Jose Mercury News
Diamond Weekly (Japan)
TRADES and SPECIALTY:
The Hollywood Reporter