Frequently referred to as “Silicon Valley’s most powerful tech journalist,” whip-smart and fast-talking Kara Swisher’s famously straightforward style strikes fear, consternation and sometimes vehement annoyance in the hearts and minds of some of the industry’s most powerful people. There are tongue-in-cheek rumors she gives Mark Zuckerberg heart palpitations, which is certainly hyperbole, though she seldom shows him any mercy, and Elon Musk threatened to end an interview with her last year during a conversation about the eccentric billionaire’s controversial tweets about the Covid-19 vaccine.
Swisher and former business partner Walt Mossberg sold their tech news website Re/code to Vox Media half a dozen years ago in an all-stock transaction and nowadays, in addition to writing a weekly column for The New York Times and contributing to New York magazine, she co-hosts the podcast “Pivot” and hosts her own popular podcast, “Sway.” She’s also got a self-professed penchant for buying, fixing up and selling homes.
For decades, Swisher has made her home base in San Francisco but several years ago, not too long after she split up with first wife Megan Smith, a former Google executive and the Chief Technology Officer of the United States under President Barak Obama, she and her now teenaged boys moved part-time to Washington, D.C. The plan then was to spend every other month in D.C. but it seems like she just might be planning to spend even more time there.
She initially bought a small, furnished townhouse, a transaction she touted on Twitter, and last year, after she and her then girlfriend and now second wife, journalist Amanda Katz, welcomed a daughter to their family, they upgraded to a larger, $1.7 million townhouse near Howard University. The couple has now, per tax records, ponied up another $2.6 million for an early 20th century Victorian bungalow in the capital city’s leafy, historic and charming Cleveland Park neighborhood.