Nico Perrino

About Nico Perrino

Nico graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) in 2012 with a B.A. in journalism and history. While at IU, Nico 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 a second-place finish in FIRE’s 2011 Incentive Program and 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 Strange and Terrific Saga of Flying Dog Brewery, October 6, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: ‘Twisting Title IX’, September 22, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: Jason Riley on Being ‘Disinvited’ from Campus, September 8, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: Alice Dreger on Academic Freedom, August 25, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: ‘The Trials of Lenny Bruce’, August 11, 2016

  • FIRE in the Sunday ‘New York Times’—Pick up Your Copy Tomorrow Morning!, August 6, 2016

  • All the Ways You Can Watch ‘Can We Take a Joke?’, August 5, 2016

  • When Comedy and Outrage Collide! ‘Can We Take a Joke?’ Available Today, August 2, 2016

  • FIRE EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Carlin, Rain Pryor, and Kitty Bruce Speak Out About Their Fathers and the Fight for Free Speech in Comedy (VIDEO/PODCAST), July 28, 2016

  • ‘Can We Take a Joke?’ Hits Theaters This Week in NYC and LA, July 25, 2016