Andrew Leonard

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Andrew Leonard
Andrew Leonard poses in front of his own Wikipedia article.jpg
Born1962 (age 59–60)
RelativesJohn Leonard (father)

Andrew Leonard (born 1962) is an American journalist who writes feature articles for San Francisco and contributes to Medium. From 1995 to 2014 he wrote for[1] He has also written for Wired.[2]


Leonard is credited with coining the term "open-source journalism".[3] He is the author of Bots: The Origin of New Species, which The New York Times called a "playful social history of the internet".[4] According to Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, also writing in the Times, the book is "deceptively profound".[2] Bots was one of the first few books published by Wired's nonfiction publishing venture HardWired, launched in 1996.[5]

For six years[6] as a financial analyst for,[7] Leonard wrote a blog, How the World Works, covering topics such as speculation in the car market,[8] the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act,[9] and immigration reform.[10]

Leonard is the son of the American literary, television, film, and cultural critic John Leonard.[11]

Selected works[edit]

  • Leonard, Andrew (1998). Bots: The Origin of New Species. Penguin Group. ISBN 978-0-14-027566-7.


  1. ^ Leonard, Andrew (14 September 2014). "How I switched sides in the technology wars". Salon. Salon Media Group.
  2. ^ a b Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (October 8, 1997). "Author Traces the Family Tree of Software Bots". The New York Times – via Orlando Sentinel.(subscription required)
  3. ^ Lievrouw, Leah (2011). Alternative and Activist New Media. Polity. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-7456-4183-6. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  4. ^ Biersdorfer, J. D. (August 10, 1997). "Virtual Bedlam". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Huffstutter, P.J. (September 16, 1996). "WIRED Magazine, Harpercollins Push Publishing to Digital Edge". Daily News of Los Angeles.(subscription required)
  6. ^ Leonard, Andrew (May 31, 2013). "My Wikipedia hall of mirrors". Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  7. ^ Olive, David (June 11, 2011). "What keeps Wall Street miscreants out of jail?". Toronto Star.(subscription required)
  8. ^ Mitchell, Dan (June 21, 2008). "Fake Gems, Genuine Appeal". The New York Times. p. C5.
  9. ^ Mitchell, Dan (September 15, 2007). "Broke but Still Borrowing". The New York Times. p. C5.
  10. ^ Mitchell, Dan (April 1, 2006). "An Open Mind on Open Borders". The New York Times. p. C5.
  11. ^ Miller, Laura (November 7, 2008). "Remembering John Leonard". Retrieved May 31, 2013.

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