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Andrew Ross Sorkin

by Amy Michelle Smith Photographed by Pilar Queen, Andrew Ross Sorkin== New York Premiere of HBO's TOO BIG TO FAIL - Arrivals== MoMA, NYC== May 16, 2011== © Patrick McMullan== Photo - JIMI CELESTE / PatrickMcMullan.com== ==
Monday, June 20, 2011
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A new breed of entrepreneurial journalist, the New York Times columnist turned heads in the media world when he founded financial news service DealBook. The email blast-turned-blog was one of the Gray Lady’s first forays into the Web and its revenue opportunities. Sorkin earns one of the paper’s highest salaries, and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has called him a model for other journalists. Plus, Sorkin’s made a lot of friends in high places. His 2009 book party for bestselling Too Big to Fail at Monkey Bar was attended by Graydon Carter, Jamie Dimon, John Mack, Steve Rattner, Barry Diller and Ken Griffin. Warren Buffett couldn’t make it . . . so he sent a telegram. Sorkin is so well-sourced in big finance that some consider him prescient, while others wonder if he might be a little too cozy with his sources. Starting his career at an early age, Sorkin interned for The Times during his senior year of high school. After graduating Sorkin went on to attend Cornell University and he worked for the paper, publishing 71 articles before his graduation. Sorkin assisted Stuart Elliott, The Times advertising columnist, by writing media and technology articles. Moving on, Sorkin worked for Business Week for about three years. In 1998 Sorkin moved to London and wrote about European business and technology for The Times, becoming its European mergers and acquisitions reporter based in London. Sorkin soon returned to New York as the chief mergers and acquisitions reporter, where he eventually started DealBook. Sorkin has written nearly 2,000 articles for The Times, including 120 front-page articles and about 150 DealBook columns. Sorkin is a frequent guest host of CNBC’s Squawk Box and appearances on NBC’s Today Show and on Charlie Rose on PBS and has won a Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism and a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for breaking news. Some of his most notable works are of the most important amalgamations and purchases, including Chase’s acquisition of J.P. Morgan, Hewlett-Packard’s acquisition of Compaq, I.B.M.’s sale of its PC business to Lenovo and Johnson and Johnson’s $25 billion acquisition of Guidant. In 2007, the World Economic Forum named the journalist a ‘Young Global Leader’.
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