Leading Media Expert Ken Auletta to Deliver Keynote Address at DC's Top International Journalism Dinner

Aug 112011

Washington, D.C.- The New Yorker media writer Ken Auletta will serve as the keynote speaker at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Awards Dinner on November 1. At the annual gala, he will address 500 media luminaries and supporters gathered to honor outstanding colleagues whose stories have helped improve societies around the world.

“We are delighted that Ken, with his keen eye on the changes sweeping the news business, will speak at our event,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. “His unparalleled insights will make the evening a truly inspiring one.”

Auletta has written the “Annals of Communications” column for The New Yorker since 1992. In his distinguished career, he has profiled media giants from AOL Time Warner to The New York Times to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

He is the author of 11 books—five of them bestsellers. In a review of Auletta’s latest book, “Googled: The End of The World as We Know It,” the Times wrote that “Auletta seems to have interviewed every media chief in North America.”

He was one of the first to popularize the idea of the “information superhighway” and has explored topics from interactive TV to media violence. The Columbia Journalism Review dubbed him America’s premier media critic, noting that “no other reporter has covered the new communications revolution as thoroughly as has Auletta.” He has won numerous journalism honors, including a National Magazine Award for his 2001 profile of CNN founder Ted Turner. Auletta joins a stellar lineup at the 2011 ICFJ Awards Dinner:

  • MSNBC’s “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will serve as dinner emcees.

  • Christiane Amanpour of ABC News will receive ICFJ’s Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism.

  • Knight Foundation’s President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen will honor Mexican investigative reporters Rocío Idalia Gallegos Rodríguez and Sandra Rodríguez Nieto and Cambodian reporter and documentary film producer Thet Sambath.

To learn more about ICFJ’s Awards Dinner or to purchase a ticket, please visit our Awards Dinner homepage.


The International Center for Journalists, a non-profit, professional organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition. For 27 years, ICFJ has worked directly with more than 65,000 journalists from 180 countries. ICFJ offers hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges to journalists and media managers around the globe. For more information, visit www.icfj.org.