In the aftermath of the U.S. Presidential elections, I’ve been thinking about our good friend Ina Turpen Fried, winner of multiple prestigious journalism awards, including the 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media. “Prior to June 2003, Fried signed articles ‘Ian Fried,'” as Wikipedia notes. “At that point, she transitioned from male to female and began using the byline ‘Ina Fried.'”
I was Editor at CNET and Ina’s manager/colleague during this transition. I was proud to support this in all aspects (from discussions with Ina’s sources, including none other than Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, to the introduction of a transgender bathroom at CNET). It was an honor. Ina was one of the most talented journalists on our staff, and a warm and enthusiastic person with a wonderful sense of humor. We have reunited at Tahoe since, with our son and Ina’s family. Now Ina is at Recode, whose cofounders are Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, longtime journalists with the The Wall Street Journal.