Judges : National

Ken Auletta

Ken Auletta

Author, Media Columnist, The New Yorker

Ken Auletta is an author and media critic who has written the “Annals of Communication” column for The New Yorker since 1992. He is the author of eleven books; five of them national bestsellers including his most recent book, “Googled, The End of the World as We Know It.“

Following his best-selling book, “Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way,” Ken Auletta’s reporting on the media and communications for The New Yorker set a new, high standard for media analysis that encompasses both journalism and the companies for whom journalists often work. Ranking him as America’s premier media critic, the Columbia Journalism Review concluded, “no other reporter has covered the new communications revolution as thoroughly.”

Auletta is well known for his 10 books, which bring scholarly research alive with journalistic immediacy. “The Streets Were Paved with Gold,” about New York City’s near fiscal collapse in 1975, was followed by “The Underclass,” a phrase that has since entered our common vocabulary. His best-selling “Greed and Glory on Wall Street,” which chronicled the fall of Lehman Brothers, captured a decade of greed when it was published in 1985, long before such observations were common. “World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies,” was published in early 2001. His book “Backstory: Inside the Business of News” was published in early 2004. In their reviews, The Washington Post described him as “our modern Liebling,” and U.S. News & World Report declared, “Backstory…confirms his place as dean of U.S. media critics.” Auletta received the 2002 National Magazine Award in profile writing for “The Lost Tycoon,” a portrait of Ted Turner in The New Yorker, which was the genesis for his tenth book, “Media Man: Ted Turner’s Improbable Empire,” published in late 2004.

He graduated from the State University of New York in Oswego in 1963 and received an M.A. in political science and public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. The State University of New York awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters in 1990. You can read more at www.kenauletta.com.