Timothy Seppala

Timothy Seppala


Detroit, MI


Grand Valley State University


Consumer Technology

Video Games and Gaming

Smart Televisions


  • Over ten years experience covering gaming, home theater, and consumer electronics as a freelance reporter.
  • Bylines include Ars Technica, TechHive, Architectural Digest, IGN, GamePro, and he also spent more than five years writing for Engadget.
  • Loves photography and helping people get the most from their cameras.


Timothy J. Seppala has been published in Digital Trends, Official Xbox Magazine, Marc Ecko's Complex, Paste, and Ars Technica, writing about gaming and consumer technology, starting in 2008 at The Grand Rapids Press.

Five years later, he joined Engadget and broadened into general tech coverage. It was there he began writing about technology's impact on day-to-day life, be it by helping folks figure out the best way to edit photos, picking the best gaming headphones, or chronicling Michigan's tech-driven manufacturing renaissance.

In early 2017, he noticed Michigan was starting to reinvent itself as a tech powerhouse, and seven months of reporting later published his findings and photos. It turned out people were driving the renaissance as much as, if not more than, multi-million dollar investments from the likes of Amazon, Facebook, and Google. The long-form story was picked by Engadget editors as one of the year's best features. 

Now he's writing and editing for a variety of places, including Lifewire, IGN, and Crain's Detroit Business about tech and Detroit. He's also been an expert source on NPR's Marketplace, Cheddar, and This Week in Tech.


Timothy earned his bachelor's degree in public relations from Grand Valley State University, going part time while freelancing to pay tuition. 

A Message from Timothy Seppala

I always want to know what's next, who's making those decisions, why and, ultimately, how they will affect you and me. Whether it's digging into a new advance in DSLR and mirrorless cameras, a seemingly innocuous update to your favorite app, or just figuring out how to make Google Sheets do what I want it to, my curiosity never quits.

Lifewire and Dotdash

Lifewire is a Top 10 technology information website, as rated by comScore, a leading internet measurement company. We reach more than 10 million readers per month with our trusted, clear, and actionable answers to your most pressing technology questions.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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