Cesar Torres is an adjunct lecturer at Medill. He is a writer and journalist with more than 20 years of experience across various areas of publishing and business including digital news, book publishing, startups, human-computer interaction and emerging technologies.
Torres graduated from the undergraduate program from Medill in 1996, and he earned a masters in science in human-computer interaction from DePaul University. He spent the first ten years of his career at Tribune Company and Tribune Interactive as a producer, developing breaking news content for Tribune’s network of newspaper websites. During the tech boom of the late 90s, he also served as a syndication producer for Encyclopaedia Britannica’s foray into search technology and web-based encyclopedic content. After spending a few years in the middle aughts as editor and web publisher for healthcare entities such as HIMSS and The Rehabilitation Institute in Chicago, Torres made a change in his focus by turning to technology and the ways in which tech is impacting human culture and human behaviors. He served as Social Editor for the Conde Nast tech publication Ars Technica. Torres also served a key role as managing editor in the founding stages of the consumer-product sites The Wirecutter and The Sweethome.
Torres is also a longtime fiction writer. Even as far back as his undergraduate days at Northwestern, he wrote short stories. Torres' first published short story ran in the now-defunct Willows magazine in 2008. In 2012, Torres created Solar Six, a startup that publishes his books in paperback and as e-books. His debut novel 13 Secret Cities launched in 2013. Since then, Torres has published three more novels under a pseudonym. His next novel, 9 Lords of Night, a thriller set in Chicago and New York City, is scheduled to be published in 2017.