Matt Richtel is a journalist and writer who, for the last five years, has worked in the San Francisco bureau of The New York Times covering technology and telecommunications. His responsibilities entail following the telephone, cable and Internet industries and their impact on consumers. Until recently, he wrote a monthly humor column "Backslash" about the frustrations of dealing with technology in our daily lives.
Richtel writes the syndicated comic strip, Rudy Park, which appears in newspapers around the country, including The Boulder Daily Camera. The strip revolves around the life of Rudy Park, a manager at a local coffee house, and the regulars who spend their time there. The cafe also is a watering hole for celebrities and politicians, a crossroads for contemporary issues and the setting for violent disputes over the bathroom key. Richtel writes the strip under the pen name "Theron Heir." The first Rudy Park book collection, Rudy Park: The People Must be Wired, was published in 2003 and the second collection, Peace, Love and Lattes, is due out this fall.
Richtel is a teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. He received an undergraduate degree in rhetoric from Berkeley in 1989 and a masterís degree in 1990 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He grew up in Boulder, Colorado.