Tonya Engst

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Tonya Engst
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Born (1967-09-29) September 29, 1967 (age 52)
Occupationco-founder and editor-in-chief of TidBITS and Take Control Books
Spouse(s) Adam C. Engst

Tonya Engst (born September 29, 1967) is a technology writer and editor who resides in Ithaca, New York, United States, where she grew up and went to college at Cornell University, majoring in Communications with a minor in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.

Engst is co-founder and editor-in-chief of TidBITS [1] [2] , the oldest Internet-based email newsletter in the world. She was editor-in-chief of the Take Control book series from 2003 through 2017 before selling the series to alt concepts [3] . She has written and edited many technical books, along with various magazine articles for MacWEEK.

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  1. TidBITS Contact page - lists current staffers
  2. TidBITS Tonya
  3. Take Control Books Acquired by Joe Kissell