Nico Perrino

About Nico Perrino

Nico graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) in 2012 with a B.A. in journalism and history. While at IU, Nico was a member of the track & field team and served as editor-in-chief for the Indiana Standard and as a reporter and columnist for the Indiana Daily Student. Nico’s on-campus activism in defense of student and faculty rights led to a second-place finish in FIRE’s 2011 Incentive Program and induction into FIRE’s Prometheus Society. He was also a winner of 1 for All and the Knight Foundation‘s 2011 “Free to Tweet” contest.

Nico first joined FIRE in 2012 as a Program Associate and Assistant to the President, later serving as a Communications Coordinator. In 2014, Nico went to work for the Institute for Justice, before returning to FIRE in 2015 to manage its communications team.

Originally from the Chicagoland area, Nico lives in Arlington, Va. and works out of FIRE’s Washington D.C. office. In his spare time, Nico enjoys playing guitar, studying history, and pretending he is Jimmy Buffett.


  • University of Memphis Slashes Student Newspaper’s Funding [VIDEO], January 23, 2014

  • Pre-Order the Paperback Edition of ‘Unlearning Liberty’ Today at a Discounted Rate!, January 13, 2014

  • Greg Lukianoff Interview for Florida Free Speech Forum to Be Broadcast on North Central Florida Radio (Listen Live Online), December 31, 2013

  • FIRE’s 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2013, December 23, 2013

  • Oregon State Earns Highest Rating for Free Speech Policies, December 13, 2013

  • ‘Wall Street Journal’ Highlights Inadequate Due Process Protections at Auburn University, December 9, 2013

  • D.C. Area FIRE Supporters: Greg Lukianoff Giving Free Talk at Georgetown Tonight!, December 5, 2013

  • Harvey Silverglate on Harvard’s Free Speech Fakery, December 5, 2013

  • At Sinclair, Liability Concerns Trump Students’ Expressive Rights, November 15, 2013

  • Wright State’s Threat to Cut Student Newspaper Funding Places ‘Mission’ Over Constitution, November 14, 2013

  • Articles

  • October 22, 2013, Universities: where you go to learn – and be monitored

  • Forbes Online, September 13, 2013, How One College Student Fought His School’s ‘Free Speech Zone’ – And Won