Sharon Machlis has been an online content pioneer since before the World Wide Web, with a strong career interest in the intersection of journalism and technology. She has worked on data projects such as analyzing tens of thousands of tech visa applications and coding a price comparison calculator for Microsoft Office. Sharon writes about tools for data visualization and analysis ranging from Google Docs to the R Project for Statistical Computing. She has taught at Investigative Reporters and Editors conferences, American Society of Business Press Editors webinars, and a national Journalism and Women Symposium.
She is currently executive editor, data & analytics at Computerworld, an award-winning technology Web site serving more than 3 million unique visitors each month. She helped lead Computerworld's transition from a print-centered to Web-focused editorial team, providing skills training to the staff and implementing key cultural and process changes.
Sharon has won numerous awards including the 2014 ASBPE national gold award for impact/investigative online excellence and the ASBPE national gold for best how-to article. During her tenure, Computerworld.com has won almost every major editorial online award in business-to-business publishing, including ASBPE best Web site, MIN best of the Web, and the Jesse Neal Award for best Web site. She has been a full-time online editor since 1999.
Sharon was previously a senior editor at Design News, where she won a Jesse Neal certificate of merit for a 10-page cover feature on engineering in the Soviet Union and a Cahners gold medal of excellence for best technical feature.
She began her career as a reporter, technology columnist, and business editor at the Middlesex News, a daily newspaper in Framingham, MA (now the MetroWest Daily News). While there, she set up "one of the earliest online transmissions of news from a newspaper to its readers" in 1987 (see Fred the Computer). She was selected as a Davenport Fellow and spent a month at the University of Missouri studying business and financial journalism.
She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, completing the usual four-year B.A. program in three years.
Sharon holds an Extra-class ham radio license and was honored by the Association of Radio Amateurs of Bosnia & Herzegovina "for extraordinary contribution to transmitting of humanitarian messages of the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina" during the 1992-95 war. Her other hobbies include photography, travel, hiking, snowshoeing, and classical piano.