Chris Welch is a news editor at The Verge and has worked there since even before the site's launch in 2011. In that time, he has published over 4,500 articles spanning news, product reviews, reports, and more. He has consistently been among The Verge's most-read journalists over the years and has helped to define and lead by example the team's first-rate news operation, which has earned a reputation for speed, accuracy, and straightforward / easy-to-grasp writing.
More recently, Welch has also spearheaded and overseen The Verge's How-To section of tips and explainers, which take readers through the ins and outs of the tech in their life while being respectful of their time. Those How-To stories have cumulatively been visited millions of times.
In addition to his editorial work, Welch doubles as a photographer at The Verge, as well, shooting images for reviews, news posts, and live events.
Before I came to The Verge, I was working a dead-end job at a wine store in Albany, New York. I applied to be an intern (a pretty old intern, in retrospect) for This Is My Next — the precursor to The Verge — in the summer of 2011.
Joshua Topolsky and the founding editorial team of The Verge gave me a chance and the break that I desperately needed. I've never looked back, and I'm endlessly grateful.
Sean Hollister was an incredibly giving, scrupulous, and thorough editor in those early days of The Verge, providing invaluable guidance to myself and our other home-grown writers. If he hadn't had such high expectations of us, I doubt I'd ever have come away with the clear writing voice and compelling news storytelling that I've .
Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Dan Seifert, Chris Ziegler, Vlad Savov, and other editors have played a similarly instrumental role in making me work harder and write smarter in the years since.
Natt Garun, Jake Kastrenakes, Micah Singleton, Thomas Ricker, Chaim Gartenberg, Nick Statt, Tom Warren, and many other folks have all been vital in making The Verge's news operation what it is today — and constantly pushing our standards higher.
James Bareham, The Verge's creative director, constantly helps me step up my photography game tenfold. Make that a hundredfold. He's tremendous.
Tom Connors, Sophie Erickson, Phil Esposito, Mark Linsangan, Becca Farsace, Andrew Marino, and the rest of The Verge video team somehow manage to make me comfortable — or as comfortable as I'm capable of being — on camera in videos that are viewed by a massive YouTube audience.