Remember the Washington Post“™s Download column? Up until its hiatus in 2006, Download offered readers the inside scoop on the tech community“™s major players and trends. This coming Monday past readers of the column have reason again to rejoice; that“™s when the Post“™s Kim Hart kicks off the columns long-awaited return. In an exclusive interview with ExecutiveBiz, Hart tells us about her background, the trends she hopes to cover in the column, and the kinds of pitches she and her colleagues can“™t resist.
What is your background? How did you end up at the Washington Post?
Kim Hart: I have always been drawn to journalism. I received a degree in it from the University of Florida, and then a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. That’s how I ended up in the Washington area. Soon after graduating, I was an intern at the Post and have been at the paper for a little over two years now, covering various areas of technology. I covered the local business community for nearly a year before switching to cover telecommunications and then Web 2.0. I’m now shifting my focus back to the local players in the area.
You will be restarting the Download column. Tell us about the goals of the column and the focus.
Kim Hart: The Download column has been dark for more than two years now, and I’ve heard from many people in the tech community that it is missed. I think reviving the column will shed light on all the activity going on in region, some of which has gone uncovered in the Post’s pages. I’m especially interested in chronicling the deals getting made and companies being created, as well as the personalities behind them. I also hope the column will help readers understand how the Washington tech scene has evolved and where it is headed.