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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.

Stories by Kate Torgovnick May:

12 talks to watch this Earth Day

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12 talks to watch this Earth Day

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Planet Earth doesn’t exactly have a birthday. But every year on April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — the anniversary of the moment the environmental movement went mass. According to EarthDay.org, Earth Day was founded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who called for a “national teach-in on the environment” after witnessing the terrible effects []

On 60 Minutes, the impact of TED Talks

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On 60 Minutes, the impact of TED Talks

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On tonight’s episode of 60 Minutes, a segment called “TED Talks” tells the story of three TED speakers whose talks rippled out into the world, transforming their own lives as well as the lives of many people who watched. Amy Cuddy shared a deeply personal story that sparked her research into “power posing”; Bryan Stevenson used his talk []

The TIME 100 for 2015 is filled with TED connections

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The TIME 100 for 2015 is filled with TED connections

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As we perused the Time 100 today, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people of the year, we couldn’t help but notice many familiar faces. Among those included for 2015: investment expert Mellody Hobson, public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson, novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, political scientist Samantha Power, economist Thomas Piketty and mental healthcare advocate Vikram Patel. Below, watch []

Remembering Homaro Cantu

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Remembering Homaro Cantu

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At TED2011, chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche of the Chicago restaurant Moto showed us the unique alchemy that kept diners in their restaurant chuckling as they ate: champagne grapes, maki rolls printed on paper, a Cuban cigar that tastes like a Cuban sandwich, nachos that are actually dessert. Bouncing with enthusiasm, Cantu sold us []

A look at the TEDWomen 2015 speaker lineup

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A look at the TEDWomen 2015 speaker lineup

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The speakers and performers who’ll be a part of TEDWomen 2015 know a bit about “Momentum.” Each of them has pushed forward fascinating research, created something out of a bold idea or moved the needle on a cause that’s central to them. The 34 speakers on our lineup — soon to be joined by a []

10 objects that inspired a TED Prize wish

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10 objects that inspired a TED Prize wish

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Dave Isay was shocked to learn he was in the running for the 2015 TED Prize. And yet, today his TED Prize wish — to grow StoryCorps’ “digital archive of the collective wisdom of humanity” — was granted, fueled by $1 million and the vigor of TED’s global community. Could your idea win the next TED []

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 []