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Ken Auletta has written the Annals of Communications column for The New Yorker Magazine since 1992. He is the author of eight books, including four national bestsellers: Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way; Greed And Glory   On Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman; his The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Super Highway, and his most recent book, World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies, were national business bestsellers. Ken Auletta's Biography

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ARTICLES  


Outside the Box
Netflix and the future of television.
The New Yorker, February 3, 2014

Freedom of Information
A British newspaper wants to take its aggressive investigations global, but money is running out.
The New Yorker, October 7, 2013

After Bloomberg
What kind of city is the Mayor leaving to his successor?
The New Yorker, August 26, 2013

Business Outsider
Can a disgraced Wall Street analyst earn trust as a journalist? (PDF)
The New Yorker, April 8, 2013

The Heiress
The rise of Elisabeth Murdoch.
The New Yorker, December 10, 2012

Citizens Jain
Why India’s newspaper industry is thriving. (PDF)
The New Yorker, October 8, 2012

Paper Trail
Did publishers and Apple collude against Amazon? (PDF)
The New Yorker, June 25, 2012

Get Rich U.
There are no walls between Stanford and Silicon Valley. Should there be?
The New Yorker, April 30, 2012

War of Choice
Marco Rubio and the G.O.P. play a dangerous game on immigration.
The New Yorker, January 9, 2012

Changing Times
Jill Abramson takes charge of the Gray Lady.
The New Yorker, October 24, 2011

A Woman's Place
Can Sheryl Sandberg upend Silicon Valley's male-dominated culture?
The New Yorker, July 11, 2011

Murdoch's Best Friend
What is Robert Thomson doing at the Wall Street Journal?
The New Yorker, April 11, 2011

The Dictator Index
The billionaire Mo Ibrahim battles a continent's legacy of misrule.
The New Yorker, March 7, 2011

You've Got News
Can Tim Armstrong save AOL?
The New Yorker, January 24, 2011

The Networker
Afghanistan’s first media mogul
The New Yorker, July 5, 2010

Publish or Perish
Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?
The New Yorker, April 26, 2010

Non-Stop News
With cable, the Web, and tweets,can the President--or the press--still control the story?
The New Yorker, January 25, 2010

Media Maxims
What are the enduring lessons we might draw from a close look at Google and today’s rapidly changing digital landscape? I came up with these twenty-five media maxims.
November 14, 2009

Ten Things Google Has Taught Us
Ken Auletta, author of a new book on the company, shares his insights on why it's uniquely successful and what that means for the media world.
Fortune.com, October 26, 2009

Searching for Trouble
Why Google is on its Guard.
The New Yorker, October 12, 2009

The Search Party
Google squares off with its Capitol Hill critics.
The New Yorker, January 14, 2008

Promises, Promises
What might The Wall Street Journal become if Rupert Murdoch owned it?
The New Yorker, July 2, 2007


Critical Mass

Everyone listens to Walter Mossberg.
The New Yorker, May 14, 2007


The Fixer

Why New Yorkers call Howard Rubenstein when they've got a problem.
The New Yorker, February 12 , 2007

Mad As Hell
Lou Dobbs's populist crusade.
The New Yorker, December 4 , 2006

Hollywood Ending
Can a wiretap scandal bring down L.A.'s scariest lawyer?
The New Yorker, July 24, 2006

The Raid
How Carl Icahn came up short.

The Inheritance
Can Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., save the Times—and himself?

Fault Line
Can the Los Angeles Times survive its owners?

The Dawn Patrol
The curious rise of morning television, and the future of network news.

Sign-Off
The Long and Complicated Career of Dan Rather

The New Pi tch
Do ads still work?

Big Bird Flies Right
How the Republican party learned to love PBS

Fortress Bush
How the White House keeps the press under control.

Family Business
Dow Jones is not like other companies. How long can that go on?


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NEWS
 


Fit to Print: Ken talks to Jill Abramson
At the 2013 New Yorker Festival, Ken interviewed the executive editor of the New York Times.

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 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, 2010, Ken gave the Commencement Address at the Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan. Here are his remarks to the new High School graduates.

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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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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Auletta Interviewed 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.

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
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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Geithner and Greed
The Daily Beast writes: "In 1985, Ken Auletta wrote a financial classic, Greed and Glory on Wall Street. Now, William Cohan has written another, House of Cards..."

Auletta Interviews Google's Eric Schmidt
Ken Auletta interviewed Eric Schmidt, the chairman and C.E.O. of Google, in San Francisco on June 11, 2008, at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker.

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Listen to the conversation >>
Subscribe to the Auletta podcast in iTunes >>

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 moncler conversation. (Requires Flash Player.)

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BOOKS
 


Googled
The End of the World As We Know It


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Bestselling author Ken Auletta takes readers for a ride on the Google wave, telling the story of how it formed and crashed into traditional media businesses-from newspapers to books, to television, to movies, to telephones, to advertising, to Microsoft. With unprecedented access to Google's founders and executives, as well as to those in media who are struggling to keep their heads above water, Auletta reveals how the industry is being disrupted and redefined.

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.

What the Critics are Saying About Googled
Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times, and other praise.



 


Media Man
Ted Turner's Improbable Empire


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"One of the Best Business Books of 2004."
- Business Week

The Best Media Book of the Year.
- Jon Friedman of CBS Marketwatch

"An intriguing study of an entrepreneurial outsider who became a mainstream media mogul."
-The Financial Times, September 29, 2004

" Ken Auletta puts the most human of faces on Turner yet. The picture is of a tycoon who has lost his power -- and maybe even his way -- since being pushed off his pedestal in 2000."
- Business Week, October 4, 2004

"Media Man glides breezily through Turner's eventful life, plucking out vivid details and amusing anecdotes to build a nuanced and engaging portrait of an immensely complicated moncler man."
-The Washington Post, October 10, 2004

"Auletta is deft at capturing the other sides to Turner--for example, his genuine concern for the planet, and how a Warner Bros. cartoon movie called The Iron Giant brought him to tears."
-Fortune Magazine, October 18, 2004


 

Backstory
Inside the Business of News

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Auletta is the James Bond of the media world... The result: stories that give readers an intimate feel for the drama within the institutions that set the national news agenda."
- Business Week, January 12, 2004

"Who guards the gatekeepers of the wayward press? These days it's Auletta of The New Yorker.... Our modern Liebling has prime access, a fine ear and smooth narrative clarity, especially about business strategy. He unravels mysteries large and small."
-The Washington Post's Book World, January 25, 2004

"Backstory... confirms his place as dean of U.S. media critics."
- U.S.News & World Report, March 15, 2004

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