Senior Editor, "Reason" | Host of "Rising," The Hill TV | Author
A senior editor at Reason.com, Robby Soave is an informed and important voice in the often heated conversation about political correctness and free speech in America today. As an awarding winning journalist who has covered news on college campuses for over five years, he has unique experience and insight into how these issues are playing out in higher education. He also writes about education policy, school safety, criminal justice reform, and television.
Publishing his first book, Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump, Robby examines on the rise of millennial activism since the 2016 election. Although Soave may not personally agree with the protestors motivations and goals, he takes their ideas seriously, approaching his interviews with a mixture of respect and healthy skepticism.
Robby's newest book, Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn't Fear Facebook and the Future. Robby explores some of the biggest issues of social media animating both the right and the left: bias, censorship, disinformation, privacy, screen addiction, crime, and more. Far from polemical, Tech Panic is grounded in interviews with insiders at companies like Facebook and Twitter, as well as expert analysis by both tech boosters and skeptics — from Mark Zuckerberg to Josh Hawley. Readers will learn not just about the consequences of Big Tech, but also the consequences of altering the ecosystem that allowed tech to get big.
Few people understand better the history and the dynamics of the clashes taking place in our culture around the issues of free speech and political correctness, especially on college campuses, in the media, and in our political culture. He explains how these conflicts reflect a radical shift in how students view their college education, how administrators view their mission, and in the worldviews of conservatives and liberals.
Robby is a savvy critic of recent changes in the way we provide security in our schools with intrusive policing and administrative over-reaction. In 2015, Soave won the Southern California Journalism Award for his work challenging Rolling Stone magazine’s coverage of sexual assault at the University of Virginia.
Robby Soave appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, and syndicated radio programs, and has published articles in The New York Times, New York Post, CNN, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and Newsweek. He was named to Forbes magazine’s 2016 "30 Under 30" list in the category of law and policy. He received the Alumnus of the Year Award at the International Students for Liberty Conference and was appointed to the D.C. Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
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