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: 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

  • So to Speak podcast: Bret Weinstein, professor in exile, March 8, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: The Great Firewall of China, February 22, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: University of Alaska President Emeritus Mark Hamilton, February 8, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: Professor Randall Kennedy on ‘The Forgotten Origins of the Constitution on Campus’, January 25, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: “The Great Dissent” with Professor Thomas Healy, January 11, 2018

  • So to Speak podcast: ‘Natural Rights and the First Amendment’ with Jud Campbell, December 28, 2017

  • Preorder today: ‘The Coddling of the American Mind,’ a new book by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, December 20, 2017

  • So to Speak podcast: Institute for Justice President and General Counsel Scott Bullock, December 14, 2017