Before joining The Net Economy in August 2000, Tim Kridel was a staff writer at Wireless Review from May 1998 to October 1999. He wrote extensively about RF and SS7 engineering and wireless data, and his cover stories include interviews with Omnipoint president George Schmitt, SBC Wireless president Stan Sigman and FCC commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. In October 1999, he was named technology editor, where he assigned and edited articles for five sections, including news. His last article was a cover-story interview with NTT DoCoMo president Keiji Tachikawa. He also moderated and spoke on panels at the PCIA and Wireless I.T. shows.From 1994 to 1997, Kridel was contributing editor of Popular Communications, where he covered AM/FM radio. He also worked as a business reporter for the Columbia Missourian and the Mid-Missouri Business Journal. He has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri and attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he wrote his master's thesis on how the talk format saved AM radio. His hobbies include ham radio, which gave him an understanding of electronics and RF engineering that eventually led to a career writing about wireless technology. Tim covers the technology and business strategy behind wireless, including cellular, PCS, wireless data, wireless local loop, LMDS, MMDS and lasers.