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Blog Museum Director and Flipboard Creator Agree on Curation
At the Cannes Lions festival, Ken moderated a panel with Flipboard CEO Mike McCue and Whitney Museum Director Adam D. Weinberg.

Blog Post: Postscript: Bill Campbell, 1940-2016
Bill Campbell instructed Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and countless other entrepreneurs on the human dimensions of management.

Blog Post: Why Larry Page Is Stepping Away
Page announced that he would be stepping down as C.E.O. of Google to join Brin in ruling a new parent company, Alphabet, which will include Google, Google X, Calico, and various other ventures. No doubt, there will be conspiracy theorists who seek to explain the move.

Blog Post: Brian Williams's Mistake: Part III
Tom Brokaw played a key role in NBC's decision last night to suspend the news anchor Brian Williams, according to two people involved.

Blog Post: Brian Williams's Mistake: Part II
The networks have a stake in promoting their anchors as God-like figures. By showing them in war zones, with Obama or Putin, buffeted by hurricanes, and comforting victims, they are telling viewers that their anchors are truth-tellers who have been everywhere and seen everything and have experience you can trust.

Blog Post: Brian Williams's Mistake: Part I
NBC News anchor Brian Williams has said that he was on a helicopter that was forced down after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, or R.P.G., in Iraq in 2003. When I first heard, earlier this week, that this wasn't quite true, I thought of it as just evidence of a very familiar human foible.

Blog Post: Why the Media Doesn't Want to Remember Gary Hart
Matt Bai’s book "All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid" zeroed in on a turning point in American political journalism, now largely forgotten: the way the press pursued Gary Hart, the leading Democratic candidate for President in the 1988 campaign, about his sex life.

Blog Post: Remembering Mario Cuomo
Cuomo did not go all the way in baseball (he couldn’t hit a curveball). Nor did he go all the way in politics. He chose not to run for President in 1992 because his ambition was superseded by his distaste for the grovelling, the fundraising, the selling, the motels. He did, however, "go all the way" as a public man.

Blog Post: What Nick Davies Found Out
He was the indispensable reporter in the revelation of the abuse of power and illegal phone hacking perpetrated by News of the World and the Sun, the London newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Now Davies has produced a four-hundred-page ticktock of the scandal.

Blog Post: Why Jill Abramson Was Fired: Part IV
The story of Jill Abramson’s abrupt termination as the executive editor of the New York Times is one of those running stories in which reporters peel away one layer only to be presented with another.

Podcast: Reporting on the Media
Ken talks about the strategies he uses to report on reporters and the press, specifically his recent pieces on the firing of Jill Abramson and on Hillary Clinton's fraught relationship with the media.

Blog Post: Why Jill Abramson Was Fired: Part III
The latest detail to emerge involves what Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., the publisher of the New York Times, has told people at the paper was Abramson’s betrayal of trust.

Blog Post: Why Jill Abramson Was Fired: Part II
In the gossipy world of New York journalism, the firing of Jill Abramson from her position as the executive editor of the Times provoked a veritable explosion of talk, posts, and Instagram pictures of the objects of interest.

Blog Post: Why Jill Abramson Was Fired: Part I
The events leading to the exit of the executive editor of the New York Times.

Tales from the Front Lines of the Media Revolution
In April, Auletta was invited to appear as the 2014 Terhune Journalism Lecturer at Montclair State University School of Communication and Media. Watch it on YouTube.

Podcast: Bloomberg's Years as Mayor
With Michael Bloomberg’s twelve-year term as mayor of New York City coming to an end, Ken Auletta and Ben McGrath—who have both written about Bloomberg for The New Yorker—joined host Amelia Lester on the Political Scene podcast to discuss his time in office and the mark he has left on the city. Newyorker.com. (August 22, 2012

Reader Chat: On Marco Rubio
In the January 9th issue of The New Yorker, Ken wrote about Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and the G.O.P.'s politically risky stance on immigration. Here Auletta answers readers’ questions in a live chat on Newyorker.com. (January 5, 2012)

Blog Post: Media Deaths and Births in 2011
Amazon released four new low-priced Kindles, Google changed its C.E.O., LinkedIn went public, and a contentious and momentous copyright battle brewed in Congress. (Newyorker.com, December 6, 2011)

Ken Speaks on Digital's Disruption of Media
In this interview with the International Journalists' Network, Auletta weighs in on the digital revolution, The Huffington Post and why he doesn’t spend as much time as he would like on social media. (December 14, 2011)

Auletta Talks about the Future of Content
Anis Shivani's email conversation with Ken, on Huffingtonpost.com. (December 10, 2011)

Ken's ICFJ Keynote
On November 1st, 2011, Ken gave the keynote speech at the annual International Center for Journalists dinner in Washington, D.C. Read the address here.

Reader Chat: On Jill Abramson
Ken Answered readers' questions in a live chat on Newyorker.com. (October 17, 2011)

Blog Post: Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Steve Jobs was not a great human being, but he was a great, transformative, and historical figure.
One big question, Auletta writes, is whether the unbelievably innovative culture he forged will live. Also: Ken answered eight questions about Jobs on Newyorker.com. (October 6, 2011)

Murdoch's Spouting Dam
Auletta joins The New Yorker's John Cassidy and Lauren Collins to discuss the News Corp phone-hacking scandal.

Blog Post: The Brooks Resignation
The only surprise in the resignation of Rebekah Brooks is that it took so long, Ken writes on Newyorker.com. (July 15, 2011)

Blog Post: What Murdoch Made
Is Rupert Murdoch responsible? Of course he is. (Newyorker.com, July 7, 2011).

Blog Post: Tim Armstrong's Hail Mary Pass
Ken writes about AOL’s purchase of the Huffington Post, on Newyorker.com. (February 7, 2011)

Blog Post: Why Is Eric Schmidt Stepping Down at Google?
Was the Google CEO pushed or did he jump? (Newyorker.com, January 21, 2011)


Auletta at The New Yorker Festival

At The New Yorker Festival, Ken Auletta gave a talk about how the Internet is affecting media and culture. A preview is below. To watch his full remarks, visit Fora.tv.



Ken's Advice to the Class of '10

On June 10, Ken gave the Commencement Address at the Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan. Here are his remarks to the new High School graduates.

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Auletta talks to Wall Street Journal MarketWatch

MarketWatch's Jon Friedman sat down with Ken to discuss the changing media landscape and Google's influence over the old media industries.

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Ken Interviews Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers

On March 2, 2010, at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker, Ken interviewed Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live, and Seth Meyers, the show's head writer and anchor for “Weekend Update.?

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Auletta Talks About the Future on Charlie Rose

On December 23, 2009, Ken spoke with Charlie about Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and the future of media.

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What the Critics are Saying about Googled

On December 7, Michiko Kakutani reviewed Googled: The End of the World as We Know It, calling it a "perspicacious new book ... a telling portrait of a paradigm-altering company."

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Googled is a Bestseller

Ken's book has hit the bestseller lists,
and publishers in fifteen nations
have already signed on to publish,
including England, China, Israel,
Brazil, Portugal, Indonesia,
and Japan.


Where Google Goes From Here

On the New York Times' "Room For Debate" blog, John Markoff asked Ken and Twitter venture capitalist Fred Wilson to discuss Google's effect on the Internet and new and old media.

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Ken on Tech Nation

Auletta was the guest on Public Radio's Tech Nation. He spoke to host Dr. Moira Gunn about Google and his views on technology and pop culture.

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Marketwatch Profiles Auletta

Jon Friedman celebrates Ken's new Google book and muses on what subject the media writer should tackle next.

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Ken Talks Google on Charlie Rose

Auletta talked to Rose about how Google has transformed the way we work, live, communicate, and access information.

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Ken Talks Google on Fresh Air

In his new book, Auletta tracks the development of Google from a search engine to the provider of all things Internet. Auletta tells Terry Gross that although the company trumpets free access to information, it is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to its own formula for success.


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Ken Talks Google on C-Span

This week on Q&A, Ken talks about his newest book, "Googled: The End of the World as We Know It." It tells the story of the company's founders and the many other people involved in the company's success.

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Auletta: Google Not Trying to Harm Old Media

Google once discussed buying the New York Times, Auletta says in this interview with I Want Media. But the search leader decided that such a move would damage its "neutral" identity. Google "is not obsessed with killing competitors," Auletta adds. "They're obsessed with eliminating inefficiencies."

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The Movie Business
May 14, 2009


Ken Auletta moderates a panel featuring Nora Ephron, Michael Lynton, and Anne Hathaway at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker.

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The Daily Beast: Geithner and Greed

In 1985, Ken Auletta wrote a financial classic, Greed and Glory on Wall Street. Now, William Cohan has written another, House of Cards. In a freewheeling discussion on the economic crisis, the authors pin blame, reveal lessons and pull back the curtains on some of Wall Street's most important characters.

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Barbara Walters and Steve Kroft:
the Art of the Interview
February 17, 2009


Ken interviewed Walters and Kroft at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker on February 17, 2009.

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Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter,
and David Remnick


Ken Auletta interviewed the editors of Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker.

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Ken talks to Gary Hart and Bob Kerrey
June 11, 2008


To probe the performance of the press in the presidential campaign, Ken Auletta interviewed two former presidential candidates, Bob Kerrey and Gary Hart, at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker on October 22, 2008

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Greed and Glory
June 27, 2008

From NYTimes.com's Dealbook blog: "Short sellers aren't the only ones making money off of Lehman Brothers' troubles. Book sellers, it turns out, are also cashing in. A used paperback copyof [Ken Auletta's "Greed and Glory on Wall Street"] is on sale on Amazon.com for more than $400..." read more.


Auletta Interviews Google's Eric Schmidt
June 11, 2008


Ken Auletta interviewed Eric Schmidt, the chairman and C.E.O. of Google, at a breakfast in San Francisco sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker.

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Ken Talks with Terry Semel
May 11, 2006

On May 11th, Ken interviewed Terry Semel, the chairman and C.E.O. of Yahoo!, at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker. Newyorker.com has posted a video of their conversation.


The Power of the Post
February 7, 2006

On February 7th, Ken Auletta hosted a panel with NBA commissioner David Stern, Sports Illustrated managing editor Terry McDonnell, and ESPN president George Bodenheimer at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker. Here, in three parts, is their conversation.
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Ken Talks with Dick Parsons
November 3, 2005

On November 3rd, Ken Auletta interviewed Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and The New Yorker. Here, in three parts, is their conversation. (Requires Flash Player.)


The Power of the Post
September 28, 2005

On September 28th, Ken Auletta interviewed a panel of bloggers at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker. Panelists included Jason Calacanis, co-founder of Weblogs, Inc.; Ana Marie Cox, editor of Wonkette.com; and Kenneth Lerer, co-founder of HuffingtonPost.com
Here, in three parts, is that conversation. (Requires Flash Player.)


Auletta speaks at Notre Dame

"Who Does a Journalist Work For?" On September 8, 2005, Ken Auletta delivered the annual Red Smith Journalism Lecture at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana
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Ken talks to David Chase

On May 25th, the writer-director David Chase, creator of HBO's The Sopranos, spoke to New Yorker writer Ken Auletta at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and The New Yorker. Here, in three parts, is that conversation. (Requires Flash Player.)


Auletta "a Role Model for Journalists"

CBS Marketwatch's Jon Friedman writes about Ken Auletta as part of a series on prominent U.S. media writers.


Interview with Roger Ailes

On March 31, 2005, Roger Ailes, President and CEO of Fox News, spoke with New Yorker writer Ken Auletta at a breakfast hosted by the Newhouse School of Public Communications, in conjunction with The New Yorker. Here, in three parts, is that conversation. (Requires Flash Player.)


Ken talks to Poynter Leadership Academy

In October, Ken was interviewed by Jim Naughton at the Poynter Institute at their 2004 Leadership Academy. Here are pictures and audio from the conversation.


The Three Anchors

On October 2, 2004, Ken Auletta moderated a panel discussion with Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, and Dan Rather in the Celeste Bartos Forum of The New York Public Library. The conversation was part of the sixth annual New Yorker Festival. Here is a recording of that conversation. (Requires Flash Player.)


Ken interviews Jon Stewart

On October 15, 2004, Jon Stewart, comedian and host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show spoke with New Yorker writer Ken Auletta about the upcoming elections, the state of television journalism, and America (The Book). The talk was hosted by the Newhouse School of Public Communications, in conjunction with The New Yorker. Here is an edited recording of their conversation. (Requires Flash Player.)


Ken interviews Mel Karmazin

On Tuesday, June 1, Mel Karmazin resigned as Viacom's President and Chief Operating Officer. On April 27, he spoke with New Yorker writer Ken Auletta at a breakfast hosted by The Newhouse School of Public Communications, in conjunction with The New Yorker. Here, in three parts, is their conversation. (Requires Flash Player.)


Ken Appears on CSPAN2's In Depth

In Depth, on CSPAN2, aired a three-hour interview with Ken about the state of journalism, and his book "Backstory: Inside the Business of News."


Jon Friedman profiles Ken

Friedman, in a CBS Marketwatch article says "The New Yorker's Ken Auletta, the premier chronicler of the media business, is in his prime."


Diane Rehm interviews Ken

Ken Auletta appeared on NPR's Diane Rehm show on January 23rd, to discuss his latest book, "Backstory."


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Ken speaks to Carnegie Council

Ken spoke at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs' Books for Breakfast at the Merrill House in New York.


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