With a friend in Vietnam.

Hi. I’m Newley Purnell, a Wall Street Journal reporter covering technology, based in New Delhi.

This WSJ.com page contains links to some of my recent stories. And my Journalism page here on Newley.com has links to some of my notable WSJ work and pieces from before I joined the Journal.

My official bio:

Newley Purnell is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal based in New Delhi, where he covers technology.

Before joining in 2014, Mr. Purnell was a Bangkok-based freelance journalist, contributing to The Journal, Quartz, NewYorker.com, The New York Times, and more. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Emory University and a Master’s in business and economics journalism from Columbia University, where he was a Gray International Reporting Fellow. He was born in Eugene, Oregon.

I am married to the amazing Anasuya Sanyal. We are owned by have an adorable dog named Ginger.

How to contact me

  • Personal email: n [AT] newley.com
  • For news tips: newley.purnell [AT] wsj.com
  • For secure messaging, email me or send me a direct message on Twitter (I’m @Newley), and I’ll give you the phone number I use for Signal.

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My background

About this site

  • I registered Newley.com in 1999, began posting material on the site in 2001, and have been blogging consistently since January 2002.
  • Over the years, Newley.com has been mentioned in popular blogs like BoingBoing and Kottke.org, as well as in Lonely Planet, in print and online.

What’s here?


  • My links page has pointers to some of my favorite blogs and email newsletters.
  • In blog posts I published through the end of 2013, I occasionally linked to books or other items on Amazon.com using a personal affiliate link. This meant if you clicked through and bought the item, I received a small referral fee. I no longer use such links.

Posting schedule

  • I post whenever time allows, and often share links via my Twitter feed.


  • This blog contains my personal thoughts. My postings do not represent the views of my employers or any other groups. Also, a formatting note: Unless otherwise stated, bold font added to quoted material in my posts indicates my emphasis, not the author’s.

Site Tools

  • Newley.com runs on the WordPress content management system.
  • My Web host is DreamHost.
  • I use the Mac-only MarsEdit desktop blog editor.

Creative Commons


  • I welcome feedback via comments on individual posts and via email. I delete comments that I think don’t add anything constructive to the site.

Thanks for visiting.

This page was last updated August 12, 2018.