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Bio

Mónica Guzmán is a columnist for The Seattle Times and Northwest tech news site GeekWire.

She emcees Ignite Seattle, a grab-bag community fueled speaker series, appears regularly on NPR station KUOW’s “The Conversation” and dissects media tech trends on PBS MediaShift’s Mediatwits podcast.

From January 2007 to May 2010, Mónica was a reporter at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and seattlepi.com, its online-only successor, where she ran the experimental and award-winning Big Blog and drew a community of readers with online conversation and weekly meetups. After that, she spent a year helping Seattle-based startup Intersect launch and develop an innovative storytelling platform.

Mónica joined the National Advisory Board at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida in January 2012 and was selected as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community later that year. She serves as board secretary for the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in Seattle, sits on the board for the University of Washington Information School’s Masters in Science and Information Management program and is an advisor to mobile photography community We Are Juxt and the globally oriented Seattle news site Seattle Globalist.

Since 2007, Mónica has spoken about online communities, engagement tools and digital media. In September 2010, she traveled to El Salvador on a U.S. State Department grant to train local journalists on new tech tools.

Mónica is the recipient of the 2011 and 2012 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest awards for Best Online Commentary. She’s been named one of the Top 100 Women in Seattle Tech, one of the Poynter Institute’s 35 social media influencers and one of the Society of Professional Journalists’ “Quill” magazine’s 20 journalists to follow on Twitter. It’s awkward, but she was once voted “Seattle’s Sexiest Blogger.”

Before she made Seattle home, Mónica reported for the Houston Chronicle and Michigan’s Midland Daily News as a Hearst Newspapers Fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Film Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Mónica is a big fan of free WiFi, good boots and chocolate. In 2010, she married her partner in geekdom, Jason Preston. They live in northeast Seattle with their baby boy, Julian.

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