Speaker Profile

Ken Auletta
Journalist, Author / The New Yorker

Ken Auletta has written “Annals of Communications” columns and profiles for The New Yorker magazine since 1992. He is the author of 11 books, including five national bestsellers that include 2009’s Googled: The End of the World As We Know It. His twelfth book, Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (And Everything Else), will be published in June 2018. Mr. Auletta was among the first to popularize the so-called information superhighway with his February 1993 profile of Barry Diller's search for something new. Ken has profiled the leading figures and companies of the Information Age, including Google, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch and more. In ranking him as America's premier media critic, the Columbia Journalism Review concluded, "no other reporter has covered the new communications revolution as thoroughly as has Auletta." He has been a national judge of the Livingston Awards for journalists under 35. Mr. Auletta graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and received a Master of Arts in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. SUNY awarded him a Doctor of Letters in 1990. Ken resides in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.