Peter H. Lewis joined Fortune magazine as a senior editor and columnist in September 2000, and was responsible for the magazine's personal technology coverage. He was also the author of the Fortune.com column, "Peter Lewis on Technology," which appeared several times a week, and sometimes daily if news warranted it. The column was a web-log style look at technology products, gadgets, and news and provided follow-up information on computer and software reviews that appeared in Lewis' "Personal Technology" section in the magazine.
Lewis joined Fortune from The New York Times, where he was a senior writer and held a variety of jobs, including assistant science editor, assistant financial editor, deputy travel editor, and second-baseman on the softball team. From 1984 to 1996 he wrote the Times's personal computing column. In 1993 he became the first reporter for a major newspaper to cover the emerging Internet full time.
Lewis left the Times in 1996 to help launch an Internet start-up company, ideaMarket, which Fortune named one of the "cool companies" of 1997 -- an honor that came just before the company collapsed. Lewis returned to the Times as a columnist and reporter. Before joining the Times, he was co-founder and editor of The Daily Planet, an alternative newspaper in Des Moines, editor of the Des Moines Register's farm and business section, and photographer for the Osawatomie (Kansas) Graphic-News. Born in Topeka, Lewis attended the University of Kansas and is a 1982 graduate of Drake University.