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Kate Torgovnick May

Hello. My name is Kate and I write things. Often. As TED's staff writer, I edit the TED Blog, where I peel back the curtain on TED's inside workings and share the amazing things happening in our global community. I also write many of the stories you see in our online magazine, Ideas.TED.com, and create headlines and blurbs for talks. To contact with me with a comment or story tip, please write me at kate (at) ted (dot) com. As a journalist, I am continually fascinated by people and their passions. I've written about bike polo diehards and karaoke regulars as a reporter for The New York Times, and female cab drivers and professional roadies as an associate editor at Jane Magazine. My articles have also appeared in Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The New York Observer, Glamour, Page Six Magazine and many other publications. My book, CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders, was heralded as a "a spirited, fascinating, at times disturbing and always absorbing book" by Joyce Carol Oates and as “a fist-pumping, Astroturf-banging tribute to the women and men who make up the in-world of competitive college cheerleading,” by The New York Post. The book was the inspiration for The CW series, Hellcats, for which I served as a consulting producer. Overall, my writing is fueled by a general curiosity for what is, and a sense of awe for human beings and their quirks.

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Reflections on TED2015: What people are saying around the web

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Reflections on TED2015: What people are saying around the web

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With TED2015 wrapped, attendees, speakers and journalists alike are sharing their reflections on the experience. Below, some highlights: David Rothkopf was an open critic of TED, calling our talks “chicken nuggets for the brain.” But the experience of attending TED2015 and speaking during Session 1 changed his mind. The Washington icon now writes, “I was []

The TED2015 conference in 30 quotes

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The TED2015 conference in 30 quotes

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TED2015 featured more than 90 speakers, and more than 20 hours of talks. We turned our perceptions inside-out, saw some new technology, traveled to space more than once, heard astounding life stories, learned about unusual materials, rethought artistic expression and contemplated the divides of society, with an eye toward ending injustice. In the end, this collection of []

The red TED letters go out to play: Building TED2015’s logo photobooth (now with tech details)

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The red TED letters go out to play: Building TED2015’s logo photobooth (now with tech details)

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A funny thing happens at the end of every TED — after the show wraps, first one brave person, and then duos and groups, rush the stage to get their picture taken with the red TED letters. So at TED2015, our tech team thought, why not bring the letters out to the conference floor and let everyone play? In a nights-and-weekends project, our []

Name that story, in four images: A game

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Name that story, in four images: A game

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There’s a quiet corner at TED, with two comfortable chairs, a table with some paper and pencils, and a well-placed box of tissues. And on Wednesday night, after Dave Isay of StoryCorps shared his TED Prize wish, TEDsters flooded into Citi Ventures’ The Art of Listening exhibit. This social space was an homage to Isay’s oral history project — which []

Creative ignition: A recap of the fiery talks in Session 10 of TED2015

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Creative ignition: A recap of the fiery talks in Session 10 of TED2015

In a session that honors the “deeply practical and the entirely improbable,” pyromantics and biosynthetic designers meet artists and flag-worshippers. Helen Walters, host of Session 10: Creative Ignition, calls this session a “celebration of the catalytic thinking that reshapes the world around us.” Here’s a recap: How to reboot society. Lewis Dartnell asks us to []

“We’ll never arrest our way out of this situation”: Rev. Jeffrey Brown speaks on urban violence at TED2015

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Jeffrey Brown is a Baptist minister. And yet, he says, “I learned some of my most important life lessons from drug dealers and gang members and prostitutes and had some of my most profound theological conversations on a street corner.” Brown was one of the co-founders of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, a faith-based group []

Death, disaster and drugs: A recap of TED University 2015

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Death, disaster and drugs: A recap of TED University 2015

Audience members give talks during a session of TED University. From Ebola to better businesses, from diabetes to disasters, the talks took on big topics: A type-A response to Type 2 diabetes. Kicking off the session, Laurie Coots shares her personal story of how she beat Type 2 diabetes and regained control over her health. []