Seattle business reporters to launch new site

Two business reporters at the <i>Seattle Post-Intelligencer</i> have left the paper to start a new technology site backed by the <i>Puget Sound Business Journal</i>.

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Todd Bishop
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Longtime Seattle Post-Intelligencer Microsoft reporters Todd Bishop and John Cook have left the paper to launch a new technology news site focused on the Seattle area.

Bishop, who covered Microsoft, and Cook, who covered venture capital, will continue to blog about those areas and also help guide the site, which is backed by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

The site is expected to launch in the next few weeks, with name and URL still to be decided. The pair promises guest columnists and interactive features to help create a "gathering place" for those interested in Seattle-area tech goings-on.

John Cook P-I

"It really was just an opportunity to build something from scratch that really appealed to me," Bishop said in a telephone interview. "John and I have worked closely together for a long time."

It's a homecoming of sorts for Bishop, who covered commercial real estate at the Business Journal from 2000-2002. However, Bishop said his focus will be decidedly online, though the weekly paper will run some of his content.

It's the latest big shift for a Microsoft beat reporter. Peter Galli, who covered the beat for eWeek, has joined Microsoft as a communications manager in its open source strategy unit.