Yukari Iwatani Kane: Author & Journalist

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Yukari Iwatani Kane is an author and veteran journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the technology industry. As a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, she followed Apple during the last years of Steve Jobs’s reign. Before that, she was a foreign correspondent in Tokyo writing about Sony, Nintendo and others. She started her career at U.S. News and World Report and Reuters.

Her book Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs was published by HarperCollins in March 2014. The idea that Apple would not be the same company without Steve Jobs caused an uproar, even prompting CEO Tim Cook to issue a statement.

Yukari is best known for her in-depth analysis and scoops, among which include the news about Steve Jobs’s liver transplant in 2009. She called the popularity of the Wii before its launch and pointed out its limitations two years later. In 2011, she was named as a Gerald Loeb Award finalist as part of a WSJ team for a series on Internet privacy. She teaches at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

What do you do best?

Reporting. I love meeting people and finding out about them.  I’m a listener, so people like to tell me things that they may not have necessarily meant to tell me. The process of making those stories come alive in the writing is much harder. 

What makes you the best?

When I was just starting out, I imagined there would come a time when I would feel that “I made it.” I’m still waiting for that moment!

What are your aspirations?

Telling stories that wouldn’t otherwise be told. 

Biggest Success?

Career: Breaking the news of Steve Jobs’s liver transplant as a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal in 2009 and then writing a book (Haunted Empire) about Apple’s leadership transition in 2014.

Personal: Marrying my husband.

Most Challenging Moment?

My first agent didn’t like my proposed approach for a book on Apple. When we parted ways, I felt like a failure. I wondered if I’d hit my limitations. Maybe I wasn’t cut out to be anything more than a newspaper reporter. I did a lot of soul-searching before I mustered the courage to try again.

Favorite Motto?

No regrets.

Favorite People?

My friends. My family. My two little nieces and nephew (shout out to Henry, Eleanor and Lucy!). My husband.

Favorite Places?

Too many to count. I have a special place in my heart for my current and former hometowns -- Chicago, San Francisco, and Tokyo. I’ve also had profound, magical experiences in Bhutan, Botswana, Rwanda, Greenland and India.  

Favorite Products?

Red burgundy wine. Yarn. Sight Glass coffee. My writing software Scrivener.

Current Passions?

Knitting, travel, good food and drink with family and friends