Grant Gross

Expert tech policy reporter; freelance writer and editor

I'm a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 14 years of writing about the intersection of technology and public policy. My stories have appeared at,,,,, and in CIO magazine.

I've worked as a tech-focused freelance writer and editor since mid-2017. I've written stories for cybersecurity and privacy news site, for HPE's Enterprise.nxt tech trends website, for IBM's, and for ServiceNow's new Workflow magazine. As a freelancer, I've written extensively about artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and tech policy.

I've also written white papers, op-ed pieces, or blog posts for several other organizations, including the Internet Society.

Previously, I worked as senior editor at IDG News Service, the internal wire service at IDG, publishers of PCWorld, MacWorld, Computerworld, and many other prominent tech news websites. I served as the Washington, D.C., correspondent there for nearly 13 years.

I've covered net neutrality fights in the U.S. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission, revelations of mass surveillance programs at the National Security Agency, and huge online protests over a controversial online copyright enforcement bill.

As a tech policy expert, I've appeared on C-SPAN and the giant NTN24 Spanish-language cable news network.

From someone who has edited hundreds of my stories: Grant is "an exceptional reporter, an especially strong writer, both on impossible deadlines and with analysis and other long-form stories, and a talented editor. His long-time direct supervisor refers to him as 'unflappable,' and I can think of no better way to describe his demeanor. We should all aspire to be so cool. Harried editors take note: Grant is a dream to edit, the sort of reporter you will wish again and again that you could clone."

From another editor: "Grant is one of the top journalists I’ve worked with in my career. He’s a total pro and can do it all: reporting, writing, and editing. As a reporter and writer, he is fast, accurate and has a knack for quickly digging up sources on just about any topic. Over the years, as the IDG News Service’s Washington correspondent, he developed a deep understanding of the technology policy issues that have risen to the top of the national consciousness. He is unflappable, thoughtful and conscientious ... It’s been a godsend to work with a journalist like Grant, who seems to have had the uncanny ability to anticipate the needs of the news team on a daily basis."

My other interests include music and guitars, baseball and the Baltimore Orioles, video gaming and getting beat by my kid while video gaming.

Contact me: [email protected]

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