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Steve Smith
Editor-in-Chief, TWICE Magazine

As editor-in-chief of TWICE Magazine and the Official CES Show Daily, Steve Smith was arguably one of
the most important editorial voices in the consumer technology industry for more than two decades.

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mith was born
on August
4, 1953, in
Brooklyn, NY. His
father, Frank, was a graphic
artist, and his mother,
Bianca, a secretary and
payroll clerk. Smith was
raised in the Williamsburg
section of the borough in
an extended household
shared by his mother's
parents, along with his
aunt/godmother, and
often crowded with family
and friends. Surrounded
by raucous discussions
about politics, music, art,
books and sports, Smith's
curiosity and intellectual
development was
encouraged early. At the
age of four, his grandfather
taught him the alphabet
on a typewriter, by the time
he was seven he learned
how Alexander the Great's
phalanx worked and how
Crazy Horse beat Custer
at the Little Big Horn,
becoming an avid reader
and history buff. He also
became enamored of
technology when he got
his first used color TV,
which he owned until he
was married.
While a junior at
Brooklyn's Bishop Loughlin
Memorial High School,
Smith took advanced
English and history
courses, and discovered
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a knack and desire for
writing. After transferring
from Brooklyn's St. Francis
College to City College of
New York, he joined the
college paper, The Campus.
He became the paper's
movie and entertainment
reporter, with dreams of
writing a column for a New
York newspaper on either
sports or politics. He also
continued to hunger after
the latest technology of the
period such as a VCR and
hi-fi systems.
After graduating with a
B.A. in Journalism in 1976,
Smith began covering the
industry, joining Electronic
News in 1978, then became
editor-in-chief of Toy &
Hobby World in 1981. He
attended his first CES in
1982. Three years later,
Smith moved to Home
Furnishings Daily (HFD),
where CT Hall of Famer

Manny Greenberg was his
mentor. Smith became
HFD's CE section editor in
1987 and, in 1990, became
editor of its Summer CES
Show Daily. After being
recruited by a headhunter,
TWICE hired Smith, as
editor in March 1993, and
he became editor of its
Official CES Daily for the
1994 show. In January
2000, Smith succeeded the
retiring CT Hall of Famer
Bob Gerson as TWICE's
editor-in-chief.
Over his three decadeplus career, Smith has
traveled the world to cover
the introductions of all
the seminal products and
technologies of the last
quarter of the 20th century
and the opening decades
of the 21st century,
consumer technology's
most prolific era, as
well as the constantly

changing electronics
retail landscape. Smith
was frequently cited as
an industry expert in
mainstream stories about
technology, appeared on
numerous radio and TV
programs discussing the
industry and has been a
speaker and moderator at
various industry events.
Smith has hosted and
attended many TWICE
roundtables and events
that brought together
disparate buying groups
and distributors under one
tent, where competition
would take a back seat to
sharing of information and
best practices.
Even though Smith
stepped down as TWICE's
editor-in-chief in August
2014, he has continued as
the publication's editor-atlarge and a contributor to
CTA's It Is Innovation (i3)
magazine.
Smith, who married his
wife, Marion, in October
1980, and remained in
Williamsburg, has been
the recipient of numerous
awards including the ADL's
Torch of Liberty Award from
its National Electronics
& Appliance Industries
Division in 2004, and
two Best DTV Journalism
Awards for TWICE from
the Academy of Digital
Television Pioneers.
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