GAMING’S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS
Director of Games Editorial, G4
With more than 12 years editorial experience covering videogames, Tom Russo served as editor-in-chief for two of his five years with Next Generation magazine, where he broke the story on the existence of Microsoft’s Xbox project, following it for months before the official announcement. He secured the world’s first looks at several industry-leading franchises including Gran Turismo, Half-Life, and Crash Bandicoot. Tom joined G4 Television in 2001, helping the network grow from the idea stage to a reach of over 55 million homes. Tom was instrumental in planning the content for the network’s two highest rated programs in 2005 – E3 Live ‘05, and “Countdown to Xbox 360” live from Zero Hour.
Marc Saltzman is a prolific freelance journalist, author, radio and TV host, and consultant. Along with his weekly syndicated columns with Gannett News Service, USAToday.com, CNN.com and CanWest Media, Saltzman currently contributes to over four dozen prominent publications, including USA Today, Playboy/Playboy.com, FHM, AARP The Magazine, Sympatico, MSN, Yahoo! Video Games and the Global Gaming League. Saltzman also hosts two radio shows (Plugged In and Tech Talk) and makes appearances as a consumer technology expert for CNN, CNN Headline News, G4 TechTV and Global TV.
Reporter, New York Times
A long-time technology and media reporter for the New York Times, Seth Schiesel began covering the culture and business of videogames almost exclusively in 2005. Through his articles and columns for the “Gray Lady of Journalism,” he’s brought topics such as the international growth of World of Warcraft, the rise of professional competitive gaming, and the political scandal surrounding Grand Theft Auto’s hidden sex content to a wider, mainstream audience. Along with fellow editor Charles Herold, he also provides occasional game criticism for the paper’s Game Theory column.
Vice President for Content, IGN
Born and raised in Germany, Schneider lived in Japan for many years, where he studied at Tokyo’s Sophia University and worked on projects for a variety of media companies, including Sony Music and MTV. After moving to the United States, he spent two years at the Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley, then joined publisher Imagine Media (now Future Networks) as the editor-in-chief of N64.com in 1997. Two years later, Schneider took on the role of editorial manager and has been responsible for new site launches and the overall direction of the network ever since. He is a founding member of Snowball.com, which later changed its name to IGN Entertainment (now owned by News Corp.). Schneider was voted one of the top 10 media influencers on the Internet by Adweek Magazine.
Adam Sessler is the co-host of G4’s hit videogame series X-Play. As both a critic and a commentator of the videogame industry for over seven years, Sessler excels at making sense of video-game-related issues for the non-gaming public. He has also appeared on shows including The View, Court TV’s Hollywood Heat, World News Now and several local news affiliates as well as radio shows like Los Angeles’ Big Boy in the Morning on Power 106. Prior to landing the gig as co-host of X-Play, Adam was active in the financial industry. A native of Berkeley, California, Sessler attended UCLA where he studied English literature and language theory.