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 British free speech invasion, September 21, 2017

  • BREAKING: Laura Kipnis’ second ‘Title IX inquisition’, September 20, 2017

  • So to Speak podcast: “The neurodiversity case for free speech” with Geoffrey Miller, September 7, 2017

  • So to Speak podcast: Judge Richard Posner on the First Amendment, September 6, 2017

  • So to Speak podcast: “After Charlottesville” with former ACLU President Nadine Strossen, August 22, 2017

  • So to Speak podcast: Fredrik deBoer on the growing distrust of higher ed, August 10, 2017

  • So to Speak podcast: The life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis with Jeffrey Rosen, July 27, 2017

  • So to Speak podcast: Et tu, hecklers? Defending artistic expression with Arts Integrity Initiative Director Howard Sherman, July 13, 2017

  • So to Speak podcast: The 100th anniversary of the Espionage Act of 1917, June 29, 2017

  • So to Speak podcast: The Slants win at the U.S. Supreme Court!, June 20, 2017