Esther Wojcicki is a journalist and educator. She founded and runs the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center, which engages over 600 students directly in media such as magazines, newspapers, radio, television and photography.
She wrote the book “How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results”. Her qualifications? Her three daughters, Susan, Anne and Janet are the CEO of Youtube, Founder and CEO of 23 and Me, and a professor of medicine at UCSF.
In this podcast, we discuss her path through the male dominated world of journalism, to becoming a teacher and founding the Media Arts Center. She relates how she raised her children to be particularly independent, and discusses the rise of ‘helicopter parents’ — parents who sometimes hover over their children even as they go to college.
We also discuss the evolution and state of journalism from typeset newspapers, to the massive changes brought on by the Internet, Facebook, YouTube and Google.