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Long-time Apple and consumer technology journalist Walt Mossberg retiring

Heralded tech journalist Walt Mossberg is retiring in June after a 47-year career, 26 of it exclusively focusing on consumer technology including extensive coverage of Apple, and a great deal of time with Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

Mossberg announced his intention to retire on Friday. He will be retiring shortly after the Code Conference in June —an event he founded with fellow ex-Wall Street Journal staffer and long-time colleague Kara Swisher.

Following graduation from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Mossberg signed on with The Wall Street Journal in 1970. He shifted over to his Personal Technology column full-time in 1991. In his Thursday Mossberg's Mailbox column at the paper, he frequently covered Apple's problems in the '90s and return to prominence following the iMac and iPod launch.

Mossberg famously hosted a discussion with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates in 2007 during the All Things D conference, where both Jobs and Gates discussed the mobile future of computing.

"I can walk down the streets here in Washington and loads of people —most people you know have no idea who I am, but it's a little different if I'm at a computer trade show or something, where a lot more people do know who I am," said Mossberg to C-Span in 2009 about his fame and reputation as a make-or-break reviewer. "So, my reaction is it sort of comes with the territory."

He launched Recode with Swisher in 2014, which was acquired by Vox Media in 2015.

"[Retiring] wasn't prompted by my employer, or by some dire health diagnosis," wrote Mossberg, about his departure. "It just seems like the right time to step away. I'm ready for something new."