By 2023, global spending on smart cities initiatives is projected to reach $189.5 billion. This represents a major inflection point in the rise of smart cities. City planners, government officials and transit technology companies are all working together to bring metropolitan areas the latest advances in smart grid technology, intelligent traffic management and more.

Over the next decade, we expect to see major advancements in the way we commute, utilize energy and leverage smart ecosystems to enhance public safety. These incredible stories will be told by the best smart cities reporters in the country. As these new narratives emerge, we’ll be looking to these top reporters for insights into how smart cities will shape the future for the better.

Top 11 Smart Cities Reporters 2020

  • Skip Descant, Government Technology/e.Republic, @TDSskip: Descant writes about smart cities, IoT, and transportation. Previously, he spent 12 years reporting for daily newspapers across Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California.
  • David Dudley, CityLab, @dccdudley: Dudley is the executive editor of CityLab, a division of Bloomberg focusing on urban issues. He previously served as the editor in chief of Urbanite and as features editor for AARP: The Magazine.
  • Benjamin Freed, StateScoop, @brfreed: Freed is the technology editor for StateScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting local and regional governments. He writes on ransomware, election security and the federal government’s role in information security.
  • Kim Hart, Axios, @khart: Hart is the managing editor and cities correspondent at Axios, covering technology and market forces shaping urban areas. Prior to joining Axios, she was a press secretary at the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Teena Maddox, Tech Republic, @teena_maddox: Maddox is the associate managing editor at Tech Republic and specializes in writing about the technology behind smart cities, smart transportation, IoT and digital transformation.
  • Dylan Martin, CRN, @DylanLJMartin: Martin is an associate editor covering IoT. He previously wrote about startups and venture capital for BostInno, an American City Business Journals property.
  • Kristin Musulin, Smart Cities Dive, @kristinmusulin: Musulin is a senior editor, overseeing editorial content and production of its daily newsletter, as well as the co-creator of the dockless vehicle mapping resource. She also served as an editor for Waste Dive.
  • Arielle Pardes, WIRED, @pardesoteric: Pardes is a senior writer at WIRED, where she covers people’s relationship to technology.
  • Linda Poon, CityLab, @linpoonsays: Poon is a staff writer for CityLab, covering science, urban technology and climate change. She also covered global health and development for NPR’s Goats and Soda blog.
  • Nick Statt, The Verge, @nickstatt: Statt is a San Francisco-based news editor and reporter covering Silicon Valley and AI. Prior to joining The Verge, he was a staff reporter at CNET News.
  • Sarah Wray, Smart Cities World, @Sarah_Wray: Wray is the editor for Smart Cities World and enjoys writing on telecommunications and its application in smart cities, as well as on IoT and data analytics. She also regularly writes for, ComputerWeekly, TechTarget, and more.


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