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1.16.04
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Ken Auletta Biography

Bill Moyers sits down with Ken Auletta for a discussion of how the mainstream media is handling the week's news, Auletta's latest book is BACKSTORY: INSIDE THE BUSINESS OF NEWS. Auletta's "Fortress Bush: How the White House keeps the press under control," appeared in January 12, 2004's THE NEW YORKER.

Ken Auletta has written the Annals of Communications column and profiles for THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE since 1992. He is the author of eight books, including: THREE BLIND MICE: HOW THE TV NETWORKS LOST THEIR WAY; GREED AND GLORY ON WALL STREET: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF LEHMAN; THE HIGHWAYMEN: WARRIORS OF THE INFORMATION SUPER HIGHWAY; WORLD WAR 3.0: MICROSOFT AND ITS ENEMIES. His latest publication is a collection of his NEW YORKER journalism pieces entitled BACKSTORY: INSIDE THE BUSINESS OF NEWS and his next is a short biography of Ted Turner, part of the James Atlas biography series for Atlas Books.

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. He has profiled the leading figures and companies of the Information Age, including Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, AOL Time Warner, John Malone, Harvey Weinstein, and the NEW YORK TIMES; he has dissected media meteors that fell to earth like "push" technology and inter-active TV, probed media violence, the PAC giving of communication giants, the fat lecture fees earned by journalist/pundits, and explored what "synergy" may mean to journalism.

Previously, Auletta taught and trained Peace Corps volunteers; served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce; worked in Senator Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 campaign for the Presidency; was Executive Editor of the weekly Manhattan Tribune; was state Campaign Manager for Howard J. Samuels, helping him lose two races for Governor of New York; and was the first Executive Director of the New York City Off Track Betting Corporation.

Auletta has won numerous journalism honors. He has been chosen a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library, and one of the 20th Century's top 100 business journalists by a distinguished national panel of peers.


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