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Jessica Elizabeth Lessin is an award-winning journalist and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the technology website, The Information.[2][3] Before starting The Information in December 2013,[4] Jessica spent 8 years at the Wall Street Journal covering the technology and media industries.[5][6]

Personal Life

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Wedding photo of Jessica and Samuel Lessin

Jessica and her husband Samuel Lessin, a co-founder at The Fin Exploration Company live in San Francisco, California. The couple got married on September 22, 2012 at the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California. Sam and Jessica Lessin met while studying at Harvard University. Jessica's maiden name was Jessica Elizabeth Vascellaro. [27]  

Jessica is originally from San Francisco. Her father, Jerome C. Vascellaro is a partner and Chief Operating Officer at TPG Capital. He is also a Trustee and Vice Chancellor at Brown University. Her mother Mary E. Vascellaro is the chairwoman of Generation Citizen, a non-profit that focuses on civics education. [27]

Career

Jessica Lessin founded the technology website The Information in December, 2013. The website has received endorsements from many top venture capitalists and technology entrepreneurs including Sam Altman and Marc Andreessen. At the WSJ she wrote more than 1000 articles and news stories while covering Apple Inc.,[7] Google,[8] Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and other global technology and telecom companies companies. She was part of the team that was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for a series on digital privacy.[9] The team won a public service award from the Society of Professional Journalists for that same series. Jessica has appeared on CNBC, NPR, CNNand PBS's "The Charlie Rose Show" and is a regular speaker at international conferences.[10][2] Jessica was listed in 2014 as an Influential Woman in Technology by Business Insider.[2]

Education

She graduated from Harvard University in 2005, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in history.

Relationship with Mark Zuckerberg

Lessin's husband Sam is a close friend of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, from the time they spent together as students at Harvard. Sam Lessin was brought into Facebook when his company Drop.io was acquired. Lessin left Facebook on August 29, 2014. The close connection that Jessica Lessin has with Zuckerberg and Facebook, and the fact that her wealth was largely generated by the acquisition of her husband's company by Facebook has been raised as compromising her journalistic independence. Jessica Lessin has publicly supported Peter Thiel, who is a Facebook board member, against criticism that his financial backing of Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media is an affront against a free media. [26][25]

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