When Nilay Patel was four years old, he drove a Chrysler into a small pond because he was trying to learn how the gearshift worked. Years later, he became a technology journalist. He has thus far remained dry.
Nilay most recently served as Managing Editor of Engadget, an award-winning technology publication with millions of devoted readers. During his four-year Engadget tenure, Nilay became well-known for his legal analysis, drawing upon his background as a lawyer to report and explain complex legal situations in everyday terminology — a niche that led to SAY Media naming Nilay one of 10 “voices that matter” in technology journalism.
Nilay has appeared on CNN, CNN International, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, Sky News, NHK, G4TV, TWiT, and many other news programs and podcasts. He also co-hosted the Engadget Podcast with fellow editors Joshua Topolsky and Paul Miller, and continues to serve as a regular roundtable panelist on The Engadget Show.
Nilay received an AB in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2003 and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2006.