Nico Perrino

About Nico Perrino

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. Nico’s on-campus activism in defense of student and faculty rights led to 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 and works in New York City. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, studying history, and pretending he is Jimmy Buffett. Nico is the host of FIRE’s So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast.


  • So to Speak podcast: ‘HATE’ with Nadine Strossen, June 14, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘Speak Freely’ with professor Keith Whittington, May 31, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: Debating ‘Is there a campus free speech crisis?’ with Sullivan, Haidt, Nossel, Sachs, & Foster, May 16, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘Lust on Trial’ with Amy Werbel, May 3, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: Exploring threats to a free press with Laura Handman, April 19, 2018

  • Tickets now available for May 8 debate in NYC: “Is there a campus free speech crisis?”, April 11, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: Have you been defamed?, April 5, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: Is there a campus free speech crisis?, March 27, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, March 22, 2018

  • Gallup/Knight survey sheds light on changing student attitudes about free speech, March 12, 2018