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Kate Torgovnick May

Brooklyn, New York, United States
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CHEER!, the book

Hello. My name is Kate and I write things. Often. As a staff writer at TED, I work with our TED Prize winners to tell their fascinating stories and share their most ambitious ideas. I also lead the conference coverage team that live-blogs TED Conferences, and contribute to our online magazine, Ideas.TED.com. As a journalist, I'm continually fascinated by people and their passions. I've written about bike polo diehards and karaoke regulars for The New York Times; female cab drivers and professional roadies for Jane Magazine; and many others for publications like Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and Glamour. My book, CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders, was called "a spirited, fascinating, at times disturbing and always absorbing book" by Joyce Carol Oates. It inspired The CW series, HELLCATS, for which I served as a consulting producer. I'm also a screenwriter. My production company Compass Rose recently finished our first short film, and has several exciting projects in the works in 2016. In the end, my writing is fueled by curiosity and a general sense of awe for human beings and their quirks.

Stories by Kate Torgovnick May:

Calling all GlobalXplorers: Get ready to go to India

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Calling all GlobalXplorers: Get ready to go to India

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Today, GlobalXplorer, the citizen science platform created by satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak with the 2016 TED Prize — which allows users live out their Indiana Jones fantasies and search for archaeological sites from home — announced the location of its second expedition. The location will be: India! GlobalXplorer’s first expedition took users to Peru, where they []

The Audacious Project: Notes from Session 4 of TED2018, with 7 bold ideas for global change — and $406 million to support them

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The Audacious Project: Notes from Session 4 of TED2018, with 7 bold ideas for global change — and $406 million to support them

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The lights go down. A voice emerges — strong and hopeful. It’s Laurene Powell Jobs, the founder of philanthropic powerhouse Emerson Collective. “Among the many things I love about TED is the simplicity and clarity of its mission — to spread ideas,” she says. “But in order to create lasting change at scale, we need []

Remembering Maestro José Antonio Abreu

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Remembering Maestro José Antonio Abreu

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When Maestro José Antonio Abreu lifted his baton, magic sparked to life. Young people from diverse backgrounds played classical music that could take your breath away, yes, but something deeper transpired too — they demonstrated the skills for both personal and cultural thriving. Abreu founded “El Sistema,” the network of youth orchestras, choirs and music []

The future us: The talks of Session 11 of TED2017

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The future us: The talks of Session 11 of TED2017

In the final session of TED2017, we look ahead to the future we’ll build together. Below, recaps of the talks from Session 11, in chronological order. A design renaissance for our apps. “There’s a hidden goal driving all of our technology, and that goal is the race for our attention.” says Tristan Harris. He would know; he []