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Why Leo Laporte FIRED Tom Merritt PART 1
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7 Questions with Tom Merritt
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Tom Merritt Interview
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TechTV How to Build a Website with Sumi Dos and Tom Merritt
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Thomas Merritt - A Genuine Kind of Fine
Thomas Merritt - A Genuine Kind of Fine
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10 Questions - 5 Word Answers with Tom Merritt
10 Questions - 5 Word Answers with Tom Merritt
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Lot Beta: A Novel by Tom Merritt
Lot Beta: A Novel by Tom Merritt
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BCW 438: Our Interview with Tom Merritt - Audio Only
BCW 438: Our Interview with Tom Merritt - Audio Only
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ScannerDrome - Interviews Tom Merritt
ScannerDrome - Interviews Tom Merritt
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Tom Merritt Q&A, AMA, 5 word or less questions
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Aussie Tech Heads - Tom Merritt Interview - March 2013 (FULL INTERVIEW)
Aussie Tech Heads - Tom Merritt Interview - March 2013 (FULL INTERVIEW)
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Book Trailer: Lot Beta: a Novel by Tom Merritt
Book Trailer: Lot Beta: a Novel by Tom Merritt
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acedtect explained by Tom Merritt
acedtect explained by Tom Merritt
::2010/08/08::
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Adam Recommends - Lot Beta by Tom Merritt
Adam Recommends - Lot Beta by Tom Merritt
::2014/01/23::
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Tom Merritt Goes Through Author Bootcamp: NSFW 198
Tom Merritt Goes Through Author Bootcamp: NSFW 198
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Quest For Peace Ep. 4 - Tom Merritt Interview 3-2-14
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Desert Island Five Items (Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Tom Merritt, Veronica Belmont & Kim Evey)
Desert Island Five Items (Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Tom Merritt, Veronica Belmont & Kim Evey)
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Kindle Fire Unboxing with Tom Merritt of TWiT
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The GeekDads: Special Chat with Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont
The GeekDads: Special Chat with Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont
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New $79 Kindle unboxing with TWiT
New $79 Kindle unboxing with TWiT's Tom Merritt
::2011/09/29::
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20  Questions with Tom Merritt
20 Questions with Tom Merritt
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Tom Merritt interviews Steve Sell of JPL
Tom Merritt interviews Steve Sell of JPL
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Sword & Laser sneak-preview with Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
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Tech News Today 407  Bye by   Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Iyaz Akhtar and Jason Howell   Tech News Toda
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IAIB Spotlight Ep. 25 - Tom Merritt Interview 2-3-14
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ZaReason UltraLap 430 review by Tom Merritt
ZaReason UltraLap 430 review by Tom Merritt
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Tom Merritt demos SYNC Wifi in the 2012 Ford Focus
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Tom Merritt Presents: TNT Episode 58 - In a Nutshell
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Tech News Today 581  Secrets of Google Maps   Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Iyaz Akhtar and Jason Howell
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Tom Merritt
Thomas Andrew "Tom" Merritt.jpg
Merritt at a convention in 2010
Born Thomas Andrew Merritt
(1970-06-28) June 28, 1970 (age 43)
Greenville, Illinois
Nationality American
Notable work(s)
Spouse(s) Eileen Rivera
Website
www.tommerritt.com

Thomas Andrew "Tom" Merritt (born June 28, 1970 in Greenville, Illinois [1]) is a technology journalist and broadcaster who hosted a daily show on Leo Laporte's TWiT.tv Netcast Network Tech News Today. Merritt was formerly an Executive Editor for CNET and developer and co-host of the daily podcast Buzz Out Loud. [2]

Early life[edit]

Merritt was born in Greenville, Illinois, to a food scientist father who worked on the Coffee-Mate project.[3] Merritt received a BS in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and pursued graduate work in communications at the University of Texas at Austin.[4]

Career[edit]

Tom's foray into the world of radio began in 1986 as a DJ for WGEL, a country music station located in Greenville, Illinois.[4] In 1993, Merritt worked as an intern for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition".[4] From 1999 to 2004 Merritt worked for TechTV in San Francisco as an Executive Web Producer and served as a radio host with TechTV until 2003.[4]

CNET[edit]

Merritt started with CNET in 2004.[4] In addition to his duties as co-host of Buzz Out Loud with Molly Wood, Merritt also had a regular column & podcast (co-hosted with Rafe Needleman) dealing with consumer technology. He also co-hosted the tech support call-in program CNET Live with fellow editor Brian Cooley, and was the host of CNET Top 5.

On April 16, 2010, Tom announced he would be stepping down as co-host of Buzz Out Loud, and that he would be joining the TWiT.tv Network as a full-time daily host beginning June 1, 2010.[5] During his last Buzz Out Loud episode on May 14, 2010 Tom announced that his main focus at TWiT.tv would be a new daily show, Tech News Today.[6]

TWiT Network[edit]

Prior to joining TWiT as an employee, Merritt had a long standing working relationship with former TechTV colleague Leo Laporte's network having regularly appeared on This Week in Tech as either a guest or as a relief host. His general discussion podcast with Roger Chang, East Meets West, also featured on TWiT Live.[7]

Tech News Today launched on 1 June 2010. Merritt was a regular host along with Sarah Lane, Iyaz Akhtar and Jason Howell.

Upon joining TWiT.tv, Merritt brought with him two shows previously produced by cartoonist Scott Johnson's Frogpants Studios. Originally started on July 7, 2009, "Fourcast" features Merritt and Johnson inviting various guests to discuss the future and what it might contain in a so-called virtual fireside setting.[8] Meanwhile "Current Geek Weekly" is a weekly discussion of geek culture stories and the companion podcast to the Current Geek podcasts still produced by Frogpants Studios. Tom still appears on the Frogpants Network for a segment called "Tom's Tech Time" on Wednesdays on the Scott Johnson/Brian Ibbott-hosted podcast The Morning Stream.

On 10 November 2010, Merritt officially launched his second new show on TWiT, FrameRate. Focusing on video in its many and varied forms (TV, Film, Internet), Merritt co-hosts the show with magician and NSFW podcast host Brian Brushwood.

On 20 January 2011, TWiT officially launched "Triangulation", a new show with Merritt co-hosting with Leo Laporte and interviewing a notable figure in technology. In July 2012 he stopped hosting the show because he "wanted to work on other projects".[9]

In addition to these regular shows, Merritt has hosted live breaking news coverage of major technology events on TWiT Live such as WWDC, Google I/O and the resignation & passing of Steve Jobs. These are later released as "TWiT Live Specials" podcasts. He has acted as a relief host for Laporte on TWiT, Windows Weekly, Security Now and other shows when Laporte has been unavailable.

On 22 October 2012, Merritt announced that he would be moving to Los Angeles to accommodate his wife's new employment at YouTube, but would still continue to present on the TWiT network over Skype.

On 5 December 2013, Leo Laporte announced that Merritt's contract would not be renewed. Leo stated that the decision was based on the need for an in-studio anchor for Tech News Today.[10] Merritt hosted his last edition of Tech News Today on 30 December 2013.

Other Projects[edit]

Since 4 February 2008, Merrit has hosted Sword & Laser, a sci-fi based book club podcast, co-hosted with his former CNET colleague, Veronica Belmont.[11]

On June 22, 2010, Tom launched a new show for Revision3, entitled Tom's Top 5.[12] The show counts down a new Top 5 list every week, and is released every Tuesday. Its final episode was published on November 1, 2011. He did a similar show on CNET.

Merritt has written a sci-fi novel, Boiling Point, which describes a near future United States civil war.[13] He later narrated it as an audiobook.[14]

In 2006 he wrote another novel, United Moon Colonies, of which he posted chapters on his blog.[15] Both novels were published on Lulu.com with a Creative Commons license.[citation needed]

Tom appeared in 2 early episodes of his Frame Rate co-host Brian Brushwood's Revision3 show Scam School.

On March 3, 2013, Tom and Molly Wood began the It's a Thing podcast. According to the site's about page, "It’s a Thing is a show grown from the brain of Molly Wood, derived from a regular segment on the CNET podcast Gadgettes. Tom and Molly started the hit podcast “Buzz Out Loud” which they co-hosted for years after the turn of the century. They missed doing shows together, so they decided that in itself, should become a thing. Again.[16]"

In early January 2014 Tom began co-hosting a podcast with Brian Brushwood called Cordkillers,[17] while also starting a beta for a new Daily Tech News Show.[18]

On February 28 2014, Tom made a guest appearance on YouTuber Linus Sebastian's live stream, the WAN Show.

Personal life[edit]

Merritt is married to Eileen Rivera and they live in Los Angeles, California,[19] with their dogs Jango and Sawyer, having formerly lived in Marin County and Oakland. Merritt is a fan of Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Merritt at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "CNET launches Podcast Central". The Online Reporter (494): 10. 2006-05-27. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  3. ^ Molly Wood and Tom Merritt (2007-09-18). "Buzz Out Loud 577: Steve Jobs' pants". http://bol.cnet.com (Podcast). Retrieved 2007-10-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Resume / CV". http://tommerritt.com. 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2007-10-21. 
  5. ^ "I’m changing some things. UPDATE". Tom Merritt .com. 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  6. ^ "Coming June 1- Tech News Today with Tom Merritt". Tom Merritt .com. 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  7. ^ Roger Chang and Tom Merritt (2007-10-21). "East Meets West". http://www.subbrilliant.com/emw/ (Podcast). Retrieved 2007-10-21. 
  8. ^ Scott Johnson and Tom Merritt. "FourCast". http://www.fourcastpodcast.com/ (Podcast). 
  9. ^ Leo Laporte and Tom Merritt. "Triangulation". http://twit.tv/tri (Podcast). 
  10. ^ Changes at TWiT, Part 1 | website = http://twit.tv/2013/12/05/changes-twit-part-1
  11. ^ http://www.swordandlaser.com
  12. ^ "Tom's Top 5: Most wanted products - Tom's Top 5". Revision3.com. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  13. ^ Merritt, Tom. Boiling Point. Subbrilliant Media. ISBN 978-0-615-15790-0. 
  14. ^ "SuBBrilliant Blog » Boiling Point". Subbrilliant.com. 2006-07-15. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  15. ^ "SuBBrilliant Blog » UMC". Subbrilliant.com. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  16. ^ It’s a Thing is a show grown from the brain of Molly Wood, derived from a regular segment on the CNET podcast Gadgettes. Tom and Molly started the hit podcast “Buzz Out Loud” which they co-hosted for years after the turn of the century. They missed doing shows together, so they decided that in itself, should become a thing. Again.
  17. ^ http://www.cordkillers.com/blog/2014/1/6/cordkillers-ep-1-distributors-gotta-distribute
  18. ^ http://www.dailytechnewsshow.com/dtns-2140-my-car-has-lasers/
  19. ^ "Twitter / acedtect: Traffic in San Francisco was". Twitter.com. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 

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