Kara Swisher, prominent tech reporter, commentator, and co-founder of Re-Code, is leaving her role as columnist and podcaster at the New York Times to return to Vox Media. Swisher will be bringing her Executive Producer of two years with her, Nayeema Raza, previously the showrunner of her New York Times podcast, “Sway.”
Swisher will host a new interview show at the Vox Media Podcast Network that will exist as a companion to “Pivot,” the business and technology podcast she’s co-hosted with New York University professor Scott Galloway for nearly four years. The official program was introduced at Vox Media’s upfront event Vox Media Now on June 9, and the show will launch in the fall.
Swisher has a long history with Vox Media. Initially, she and her business partner Walt Mossberg sold their original technology website and business, Recode, to Vox Media in 2015. With this agreement, Vox also acquired the rights to the brands podcasts, like Swisher’s show Recode Decode.
Swisher then left that show in 2020 to join the Times as a podcaster, with Vox Media later rebranding the program to “Decoder.” However, Swisher never completely cut ties with Vox Media, continuing to host “Pivot” on the side in addition to her Times work.
Her new show, she said in an interview with Bloomberg, will be more topical and sassy, similar to “Pivot.” The final episode of Swisher’s New York Times Pocast “Sway” will air in July.
Nayeema Raza is a producer based in New York City. She is currently the showrunner of The New York Times podcast about power Sway hosted by Kara Swisher. Raza’s career began as a consultant at Monitor Group, where she worked on issues of international development and policy. After five years, she returned to school and received a joint Master’s from Harvard and Stanford University. At Stanford, she connected with her professor, documentary filmmaker Bill Guttentag. Together, Raza and Guttentag founded the production house 1891 Productions. Their projects include Sublime, which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, and the CBS All Access documentary series That Animal Rescue Show, which they executive produced alongside Richard Linklater.