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: The ‘heckler’s veto’ strikes Heather Mac Donald, April 18, 2017

  • ‘So to Speak’ podcast: Campaign finance and free speech with attorney Sam Gedge, April 6, 2017

  • Attorney Bob Corn-Revere on censorship: the ‘bastard child of technology’, March 23, 2017

  • ‘So to Speak’ podcast: How Daryl Davis, a black man, defeats the Ku Klux Klan with open dialogue, March 9, 2017

  • ‘So to Speak’ podcast: Rob Corry, ‘speech code slayer’, February 23, 2017

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: Flemming Rose and ‘The Tyranny of Silence’, February 9, 2017

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: The ‘Turkey Purge’ with Mahir Zeynalov & Beth Baron [UPDATED], January 27, 2017

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: Ken White of ‘Popehat’ Talks Nat Hentoff, Worst Censors of 2016, January 12, 2017

  • Nat Hentoff, Tireless Free Speech Defender, Dies at 91, January 8, 2017

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: Fall 2016 Semester in Review, December 29, 2016