Michael Finkel


Best-Selling Author of The Stranger in the Woods and True Story

Michael Finkel has reported from more than 50 countries across six continents, covering topics ranging from the world’s last hunter-gatherer tribes to conflicts in Afghanistan and Israel to the international black market in human organs. He is the author of "True Story," a book about his strange friendship with a murderer. "True Story" has recently been made into a major motion picture, produced by Brad Pitt and starring Jonah Hill and James Franco.


In the line of reportorial duty, Finkel has skied off the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, set sail on a Haitian refugee boat, joined a cult in Colorado, been in a car that was run over by a tank in Afghanistan, climbed into an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and crossed the Sahara Desert on the back of an open truck. His work has appeared in National Geographic, GQ, The Atlantic, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times Magazine.


Finkel lives with his family in western Montana.


Contributions by Michael Finkel

  • Opening General Session
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2018
  • Tuesday General Session
    Speaker at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2017