Wilkes University

Andrew Ross Sorkin - Allan P. Kirby Lecture Series - Fall 2011

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
Topic: "Too Big to Fail" Capitalism on the Brink - The Inside Story"
Location: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Co-Host of CNBC’s Squawk Box and New York Times columnist and chief mergers and acquisitions reporter, Andrew Ross Sorkin is a leading voice about Wall Street and corporate America. The founder and editor of DealBook, an online daily financial news service published by The Times, he also is an assistant editor of business and finance news, helping to guide and shape the paper’s coverage. New York magazine described him as "the most famous financial journalist of his generation."
His New York Times bestseller, Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System -- and Themselves, was the first behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the financial crisis developed into a global tsunami. From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea, Russia, and the corridors of Washington, Sorkin reconstructed the drama and turmoil. "I tried to bring to life the machinations, interlinking relationships, and even some of the duplicity among the various players involved while answering the big question -- how did it all happen?"
The EconomistThe Financial Times and BusinessWeek all named Too Big To Fail one of the best books of the year. HBO turned the book into a film by the same title, premiering in May 2011; directed by L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson and co-produced by Sorkin, it stars William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, and James Woods.
Sorkin began writing for The Times in 1995 under unusual circumstances: he hadn’t yet graduated from high school. He continued to write for the paper during his college days at Cornell and while studying abroad in London, publishing 71 articles on media, business and technology before he graduated. DealBook, which Sorkin created in 2001, began as one of the first financial news aggregation services on the Web. He developed it into an award-winning blog providing exclusive interviews, original analysis, and breaking news about mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, private equity transactions and venture capital deals.
Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Sorkin received a Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism, for breaking news, and he won the 2010 Loeb Award for Best Business Book. He also is a two-time winner of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for breaking news.SiliconAlleyInsider.com called him one of New York's "most influential scribes," andVanity Fair named him one of 40 new members of the "Next Establishment."