Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin is an award-winning journalist for The New York Times and a co-anchor of Squawk Box, CNBC’s signature morning program. He is also the founder and editor-at-large of DealBook, an online daily financial report published by The Times that he started in 2001.
Sorkin is the author of Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves, which chronicled the events of the 2008 financial crisis. The book won the 2010 Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize and the 2010 Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. The book spent more than six months on the New York Times Best Seller list in hardcover and paperback. The book was adapted as a movie for HBO Films in 2011. Sorkin was a co-producer of the film, which was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards.
Sorkin is also co-creator of the drama series Billions on Showtime starring Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis. He has several new film and television projects in development.
Sorkin is one the preeminent interviewers in the nation, known for his incisive, nuanced long-form conversations with the biggest newsmakers in the world, from Elon Musk to Lebron James to Kim Kardashian and Hillary Clinton. In 2022, he won the Emmy award for "Outstanding Live Interview" for his DealBook Summit 2021 conversation with Adam Neumann, the WeWork co-founder’s first public interview after the company’s collapse.
In the fall of 2022, Sorkin debuted Special Edition with Andrew Ross Sorkin, a limited streaming interview series for NBC broadcast on NBC News Now and available on demand on Peacock, YouTube, NBCNews.com, as well as platforms like Pluto TV, Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel and NBC News’ apps on Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV.
Over the years, Sorkin has broken news of many major mergers and acquisitions in the pages of The Times and has been at the forefront of Wall Street news. He reported extensively on the financial crisis of 2008, its aftermath on Wall Street and the government bailout of major investment banks, with coverage including the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, and the A.I.G. bailout. He has broken news of deals including Chase’s acquisition of J.P. Morgan and Hewlett-Packard’s acquisition of Compaq. He also led The Times’s coverage of Vodafone’s $183 billion hostile bid for Mannesmann, resulting in the world’s largest takeover ever.
As a leading voice about Wall Street and corporate America, Sorkin is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, as well as a lecturer at universities across the country. He has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, PBS’s NewsHour, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and many others.
He won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2004 for breaking the news of I.B.M.’s historic sale of its PC business to Lenovo. He was also a finalist in the commentary category for his DealBook column, and won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for breaking news in 2005 and again in 2006. In 2007, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. He is co-chair of The New York Public Library’s Business Leadership Council and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Sorkin began writing for The New York Times in 1995 under unusual circumstances: he hadn’t yet graduated from high school. He is a graduate of Cornell University.
Morality & Money: Corporate Influence on Social Change
Businesses are currently taking on some of the most hot-button issues of our time—from human rights abuses to gun deaths—and are facing backlash from politicians and customers because of it. Acclaimed financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin offers a riveting exploration of the power businesses often wield over societal change and uncovers the immense potential within the intersection of ethics and finance. With a captivating blend of historical insights and contemporary analysis, Sorkin will take you on a journey of corporate influence and fierce public battles. Discover how corporations like Coca-Cola used their leverage to help end apartheid in South Africa. Learn about Nike's stance on racial justice and how it sparked widespread societal conversations. Analyze the recent backlash Budweiser is facing for engaging Dylan Mulvaney, a trans influencer, in their marketing campaigns and what that means for the status of LGBTQ+ rights and the future of corporate involvement in the current, vitriolic political climate. This timely lecture comes amid new questions about the role of capitalism in our society and the ethical decisions that business leaders, customers, and policy makers face.
Election Crossroads: Economics, Politics, and Global Power
How do the economy, politics, and international relations converge to influence the outcome of an election? In this provocative discussion, Andrew Ross Sorkin guides us through a historical analysis exploring how economic indicators like unemployment rates, stock market performance, GDP growth, and wage trends have influenced past elections. Sorkin will also delve into the current pivotal moment in the U.S.-China relationship and its effect on American politics and economics. He unravels how shifts in trade policies and technological competition on a global stage could shape domestic narratives and sway electoral decisions. Whether an engaged citizen or a political enthusiast, this lecture offers valuable insights into the multi-faceted elements that influence an election year, in our own backyard and across the globe.
Corporate Impact: The Role of Business in Ending Gun Violence
Renowned journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin has played an influential role in affecting how businesses can address gun violence in America. His work has catalyzed changes in corporate policies, exemplified by his persuading Walmart to cease selling a majority of its guns and leading credit card companies like Mastercard, Visa, and American Express to create systems to track unlawful gun purchases. In this profound discussion, Sorkin delves into the mechanisms through which corporations can influence societal change by leveraging their financial power and reach to combat the ongoing crisis of gun violence. But ending this crisis is not the sole responsibility of the corporate sector. Sorkin presents a multifaceted approach to combating gun violence, discussing how businesses, consumers, and policymakers can collaborate to push for progress. He shares behind-the-scenes insights from his own experiences, illustrating how change is achievable even in the face of deeply entrenched challenges. A leading voice in the intersection of business and societal change, Sorkin explores how we can harness the power of business to build a safer, more peaceful society.