FIRE Staff Speaker
Nico Perrino is FIRE's Executive Vice President and the creator and host of FIRE’s So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast. Prior to his current role, he led FIRE's Communications department for nearly a decade, most recently as its Senior Vice President of Communications.
Nico previously worked in the Communications department at the Institute for Justice. His writing has been featured in USA Today, Politico, Newsweek, and The Guardian, and he regularly travels the country to speak about free speech and civil liberties issues.
As a documentarian, Nico was Co-Director and Senior Producer of “Mighty Ira: A Civil Liberties Story” (2020), a feature-length film about the life and career of former ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser. He worked as Creative Consultant on “Can We Take a Joke?” (2015), a film about censorship in stand up comedy.
Nico graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history. While at IU, he 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.
Originally from Chicago, Nico now lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.
- ‘So to Speak’ podcast transcript: Ilya Shapiro on Fox/Dominion and his 'cancel culture nightmare',
- ‘So to Speak’ podcast transcript: New York Times v. Sullivan and its future,
- Defending Free speech is a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it: SPIN magazine interviews Nico Perrino of FIRE,
- ‘So to Speak’ podcast transcript: Super Bowl free speech fumble,
- ‘So to Speak’ podcast transcript: Artificial intelligence: Is it protected by the First Amendment?,
- So to Speak podcast transcript: The costs of offending religious sensitivities,
- Free speech was under fire in 2022,
- `So to Speak Podcast` transcript: Are Ann Coulter's words really 'violence'?,
- `So to Speak` podcast transcript: Can a graphic designer be compelled to design a website for a same-sex wedding?,
- Free speech culture, Elon Musk, and Twitter,
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