March 28 Wednesday

Poynter Speaker: Jon Ronson, author, journalist

  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 12:05PM - 1:00PM
  • Room 120
  • Open To The Public
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Jon Ronson’s nonfiction books So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea and The Men Who Stare At Goats have all been international and/or New York Times bestsellers. The Psychopath Test spent nearly two years on the UK bestseller list. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

His most recent work is an Audible Original audio series, The Butterfly Effect. It was released in July 2017, went straight to Number One in the US and UK audiobook charts.

Jon’s original screenplays include the critically acclaimed Netflix original Okja, which he co-wrote with Bong-Joon Ho, and Frank, which he co-wrote with Peter Straughan. For Frank, Jon and Peter won the 2014 best screenplay award at the British Independent Film Awards.

The Men Who Stare At Goats was adapted into a film starring George Clooney. The film adaptation of The Psychopath Test is currently in development starring Scarlett Johansson, directed by Jay Roach, and with a screenplay by Kristin Gore.

Jon’s two TED talks have been watched more than 12 million times.

In the US Jon is a regular contributor to This American Life, the New York Times magazine and GQ magazine, and has appeared many times as a guest on shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Conan, Craig Ferguson, and Inside Amy Schumer.

In the UK Jon writes regularly for The Guardian. His many UK documentaries include Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes, The Secret Rulers of the World, and seven seasons of the multi award winning BBC Radio 4 programme Jon Ronson On…

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