Speaking / Media Appearances

I give talks and appear in the media fairly regularly to discuss a range of topics including digital privacy, the art of disappearing, cybercrime, organized crime and terrorism, the drug war, journalism, and digital publishing. Feel free get in touch if you’d like me to show up somewhere. Here is a selection of past media coverage and events:


Philippine Daily Inquirer:Int’l drug crime boss had heyday in Philippines, says book” (2019)

Los Angeles Review of Books: “Incentivizing the Cartels: Evan Ratliff’s The Mastermind” (2019)

New Frame: “Criminal Ambition that Knows No Bounds” (2019)

Rappler: “Journalist Evan Ratliff on drug kingpin Paul Le Roux’s operations in PH” (2019)

Women’s Health: “25 Best True Crime Books” (2019)

ReadItForward: “40 Best True Crime Books of All Time” (2019)

The Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Reviews: ‘The Mastermind,’ by Evan Ratliff” (2019)

KCRW’s Press Play: “Paul Le Roux, the biggest criminal mastermind you’ve never heard of” (2019)

Longform Podcast: “Evan Ratliff, author of The Mastermind” (2019)

Arab News: “What We Are Reading Today: The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff” (2019)

The Hindu: “Evan Ratliff’s new book, ‘The Mastermind’, explores the dark side of the Internet” (2019)

San Francisco Book Review:The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.”

The Washington Post: “Building an international criminal empire — online” (2019)

CrimeReads: “The Best True Crime Books of the Month” (2019)

Daily Maverick: “How a South African man became the world’s most notorious cyber-criminal” (2019)

The New York Times: “Guns, Drugs and Money: Taking Down the Drug Kingpin Paul Le Roux” (2019)

The Daily Mail: “Mastermind whose specialist subject was violence: Fascinating new true crime book investigates the little known life of Paul Le Roux” (2019)

The Washington Post: “Meet the digital El Chapo” (2019)

The Irish Times: “The Mastermind review: Wild parable about one of world’s most prolific criminals” (2019)

Postlight Track Changes: “What if Al Capone wrote C++?: Evan Ratliff on the The Mastermind, Paul Le Roux” (2019)

Outside: “Everything Our Editors Loved in February” (2019)

But That’s Another Story with Will Schwalbe: “Writer Evan Ratliff on Hunter S. Thompson’s Hell’s Angels, his love of mysteries, and the future of longform journalism” (2019)

CrimeReads: “A Cyber Criminal’s Insane Empire of Drugs, Guns, & Gold” (2019)

Longreads: “’The Most Versatile Criminal in History” (2019)

Reply All: “The Founder” (2019)

Recode Decode: “The Mastermind author Evan Ratliff explains how tech enabled a drug kingpin” (2019)

The Los Angeles Times: “Meet Paul Le Roux, the cyber criminal exposed in new books by Evan Ratliff and Elaine Shannon” (2019)

Smithsonian: “The Computer Programmer Who Ran a Global Drug Trafficking Empire” (2019)

The Times UK: “Hunting Paul Le Roux: from TrueCrypt to cocaine and murder” (2019)

Wired: “Meth, Murder, and Pirates: The coder who became a crime boss” (2019)

VICE: “A Drug Kingpin Ran His Empire from a Laptop, Then Snitched on His Own Assassins” (2019)

Kirkus Reviews: “A complex tale of true crime on a global scale.” (2019)

Publisher’s Weekly (starred): “Investigative journalist Ratliff makes the most of the stranger-than-fiction story of Paul Le Roux” (2019)

ProPublica: “Keeping Tabs on the Hacking Hero Who Became a Criminal Kingpin” (2016)


Let’s Talk About Cats, “Henry” (2019)

48 Hours, CBS: “Manhunt Continues for Fugitive Multimillionaire Years after Being Charged with Wife’s Murder” (2019)

Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC: “Indictment Expected of Aggressive Congressman” (2014)

Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC: “Michael Grimm’s Long and Rocky Road” (2014)

VQR: “The Writer’s Dilemma (2013)

The Takeaway, PRI: Global Social Media Manhunts, All Fun and Games? (2012)

New Yorker Out Loud, New Yorker/WNYC: Informants (2012)

The New York Times: “The Atavist Matures as a Publisher and a Platform” (2012)

All Things Considered, NPR : “Dog-Gone Genetics: A Few Genes Control Fido’s Looks” (2012)

Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC: “Informants and the FBI” (2011)

The Takeaway, PRI: “Atavist: A Place for Long-Form Interactive Journalism” (2011)

The New York Times: “Longform Journalism Finds a Home” (2011)

Columbia Journalism Review: “Q&A: The Atavist” (2011)

On the Media, WNYC: “Captured” (2009)

Skavlan, Sweeden/Norway: “Interview” (2009)

Frontline / Your Digital Nation: “Off the grid” (2009)

CBS News: “A disappearing act” (2009)

On the Media, WNYC: “Changing platforms” (2009)

ABC News: “’Missing’ Wired Magazine Writer Found” (2009)


WIRED25 with Andy Greenberg, San Francisco (2019)

American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative Conference, Washington DC (2019)

MAC Annual Conference, Las Vegas (2019)

Web Summit, Dublin (2015)

Sundance Film Festival, Park City (2014)

SXSW, Austin (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Business Innovation Factor-9, Providence (2014)

EngageNYC, NYC (2014)

Social Media Week, NYC (2013)

Media MashUp, Dublin (2013)

XOXO, Portland (2012)

Luminance, NYC (2012)

Chicago Ideas Week, Chicago (2011)

North by Northeast Interactive, Toronto (2010, 2011)

NY Tech Meetup, NYC (2011)

PICNIC Festival, Amsterdam (2010)

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2010)


Writing Crime” NYU, New York (2019)

The Power of Storytelling, Bucharest (2019)

Power of Narrative Conference, Boston (2019)

Longform Podcast & Mastermind Live, Brooklyn (2019)

CASE Editors Forum Keynote (2017)

The Columbia Journalism School Delacorte Lecture, NYC (2016)

Festival Piauí de Jornalismo, Sao Paolo (2014)

American Society of Journalists and Authors, NYC (2013, 2014)

Mayborn Conference, Grapevine (2013)

Power of Narrative Conference, Boston (2013)

IfBookThen, Milan (2013)

IfBookThen, Stockholm (2013)

Folio MediaMashup, NYC (2013)

Gotham Media Preview, NYC (2013)

Asian-American Journalist’s Association, NYC (2013)

Digital Book World, NYC (2011, 2012, 2013)

Columbia Publishing Course, NYC (2011, 2012, 2013)

Los Angeles Times Books Festival, Los Angeles (2012)

The Power of Storytelling, Bucharest (2012)

Asian-American Writer’s Conference, NYC (2012)

East Meets West, Berkeley (2012)

Future of Online Journalism, Berkeley (2012)

Low Residency, Las Vegas (2011)

The Women’s National Book Association, NYC (2011)

NYU Summer Publishing Institute, NYC (2011)

Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, New Orleans (2011)

Journalism Interactive, College Park (2011)

Online News Association Conference, Boston (2011)