Seattle P-I Tech Writers, Todd Bishop and John Cook, Bolt for Puget Sound Business Journal

9/15/08Follow @xconomy

The Puget Sound Business Journal got significantly stronger today. Two of Seattle’s best-known technology journalists, John Cook and Todd Bishop, have resigned from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to take new jobs at the crosstown Business Journal.

Cook, the author of the widely-read John Cook’s Venture Blog, joined the newspaper in April 1999. As he says in his biography on the blog, Cook has covered hundreds of entrepreneurial ventures over the past decade in Seattle – from Avenue A to Zillow.com.

Bishop, who covers Microsoft, will be doing his second tour of duty at the weekly Business Journal. He joined the P-I in 2002, according to his biography on the P-I site. His Microsoft blog has been named to the Blog 100 list of top tech blogs by CNet News.

“We’re thrilled to have them joining the Business Journal,” says Angelynn Talcott, director of marketing for the Business Journal.

Cook, reached via email, said he couldn’t share many details about the new gig just yet. “I can say that there is more to this than us simply joining the Puget Sound Business Journal as technology reporters. Happy to share more details very soon,” he says.

The news was surprising to technology leaders. “These are two of Seattle’s best tech business reporters. It’s a coup for the PSBJ,” says Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates chair of computer science at the University of Washington, and an Xconomist.

The news was first reported by Brier Dudley at The Seattle Times.

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  • peter b.

    the announcement was very poorly handled and I don’t care as to why, but I expected more from professional journalists.

    I noticed that the newest post by John Cook (I subscribe to his blog’s RSS feed) was like two weeks old, then I started wondering what happened.

    I don’t read biz journal today and I doubt if what these guys covered cannot be done better by others at SeattlePI. no big loss.