Your Go-To Gadget Guy
Leo Laporte has worked as an author, speaker, and broadcaster in New Haven, Monterey, San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, most recently focusing on technology coverage for radio, television, and the Internet.
Laporte has written software for CP/M, Macintosh, and PC compatible computers including the popular open source programs, QDial and MacArc for the Macintosh. From 1985 to 1988, he operated one of the first Macintosh-only computer bulletin board systems, MacQueue.
He was the co-author, with former ABC Technology Correspondent Gina Smith, of 101 Computer Answers You Need to Know, a computer book for beginners published in 1995 by Ziff-Davis Press. He has written about computer hardware and software for Byte, MacUser, and InfoWorld magazines, and he has contributed chapters to Dvorak’s Guide to PC Telecommunications and Dvorak’s Inside Track to the Mac, both published by Osborne/McGraw Hill. He has written four bestselling Technology Almanacs. Leo Laporte’s 2003 Technology Almanac was Pearson Publishing’s Book of the Year in 2003.
In 2000–2001, Leo was a Contributing Editor at Access Magazine, a Sunday newspaper magazine supplement with an estimated readership of 13 million in 80 markets nationwide.
In January, 1991 he created and co-hosted Dvorak On Computers, the most listened to high tech talk radio show in the nation, syndicated on over 60 stations and around the world on the Armed Forces Radio Network. Laporte also hosted Laporte on Computers on KSFO and KGO Radio in San Francisco.
On television, Laporte was host of Internet! a weekly half-hour show airing on PBS in 215 cities nationwide. He reported on new media for Today’s First Edition, on PBS, and did daily product reviews and demos on New Media News, broadcast nationally on Jones Computer Network and ME/U, and regionally on San Francisco’s Bay TV.
He was a Managing Editor at Ziff-Davis Television, where he wrote and co-hosted The Personal Computing Show, a half-hour weekly television show for beginning computer users that aired on CNBC. He created and was a daily contributor to The Site, an hour-long technology newsmagazine that aired nightly on MSNBC, CNBC International, and NBC Superchannel in Europe and Asia. Laporte won an Emmy in 1997 for his work on The Site. He also hosted two shows on TechTV (formerly ZDTV), a 24-hour cable channel dedicated to computers and the Internet. Call for Help and The Screen Savers aired live every weekday from 1998 to 2004.
Currently Leo hosts a national radio technology talk show on the Premiere Radio Networks every Saturday and Sunday from 11a to 2p, and , a daily hour-long television show produced in Toronto and aired in Canada on G4TechTV, and Australia on the HOW-TO Channel. He also appears regularly on many television and radio programs including Live with Regis and Kelly.
He also continues to write. He has a book imprint with Que Publishing. Leoville Press titles for 2006 include Leo Laporte’s 2006 Technology Almanac, Leo Laporte’s 2006 Gadget Guide, Leo Laporte’s Guide to OS X Tiger, and Leo Laporte’s PC Help Desk